Using Euphemisms for Death

So Qrys and I were talking today about death. She was wondering about the origin of “passed” as a euphemism. And that made me start wondering about death euphemisms in general. Why do people use euphemisms like passed, kicked the bucket, gone to a better place, departed, and so on? Qrys and I both prefer just to say that somebody died, and so we’re genuinely curious about why there are so many other ways of saying the same thing.

Here’s a little poll. Also, if you have more to say in the comments about the origin and use of “passed” in particular, I’ll pass that on to Qrys (see what I did there?)

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3 thoughts on “Using Euphemisms for Death

  1. Woman walking Max

    Have you ever been to a Death Café meeting ? They’re great- you can say what you want, use the words you want, because every-one who goes along has signed up to talk about death related things.

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