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Blend of ink +‎ bloodshed.


inkshed (uncountable)

  1. The writing of polemical letters or articles.
    • 1850, Thomas Carlyle, Latter-Day Pamphlets[1]:
      By our electioneerings and Hansard Debatings, and ever-enduring tempest of jargon that goes on everywhere, we manage to settle that; to have it declared, with no bloodshed except insignificant blood from the nose in hustings-time, but with immense beershed and inkshed and explosion of nonsense, which darkens all the air, that the Right Honorable Zero is to be the man.
    • 1914, Samuel F. B. Morse, Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals[2]:
      Europeans can hardly understand this truly anomalous phase of our American institutions; they do not understand that it is characteristic that 'we speak daggers but use none'; that we fight with ballots and not with bullets; that we have abundance of inkshed and little bloodshed, and that all that is explosive is blown off through newspaper safety-valves."
    • 1976, George Griffith, The Mummy and Miss Nitocris[3]:
      He smiled gravely as he thought of the inkshed that would come to pass in a combat a l'outrance between the Three Dimensionists and the Four Dimensionists, and how the distinguished scientists on each side would hurl their ponderous thunderbolts of wisdom against each other.