Passed on, ceased to be, snuffed it, joined the choir invisible…

Standard

There are plenty of metaphors and euphemisms for dying or being dead, conveniently collected by the Pythons in the Parrot Sketch.

I’ve found another one in my Old English word list: forðferde;  forth fared.  Most euphemisms for death sound  passive (dropped off the twig) or pointless (kicked the bucket), though joining the choir invisible would be all right if you could sing well when you got there. But forðferde, with its suggestion of setting off without telling anyone where you are going, would be a superb word to have written on your box.

Advertisements

6 responses »

  1. “Forth fared” and “gone to join the majority” – both wonderful. They make us notice the situation from an unfamiliar angle (which is one of my favorite things to do with any situation).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s