I just like this quote a lot:
Fafhrd said, "You were a drunken idiot-genius indeed tonight [. . .] Tying up our swords so we couldn't use 'em save as clubs!"
The Mouser shrugged. "Yet that sword-tying doubtless saved us from committing a number of murders tonight."
Fafhrd retorted, a little hotly, "Killing in a fight isn't murder."
Again the Mouser shrugged. "Killing is murder, no matter what nice names you give."
- Fritz Leiber, Ill Met in Lankhmar
Yeah. Pretty things up as you will, but it doesn't change what they are.