Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

Death must sting very badly indeed because the word and its associates are so often avoided.  People don’t die, they pass, pass on, pass away, expire (“like a magazine subscription,” in the words of the late—no, dead—George Carlin).  Soldiers aren’t dead, they are fallen.  People lose their spouses. They go to meet their maker, kick the bucket, join the choir invisible. If you want more euphemisms—words that try to make something bad sound more acceptable—go to YouTube and search for Monty Python’s hilarious “Dead Parrot” sketch.

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