My mum and I have started compiling a list of all the metaphors and euphemisms for death. She is doing it in Kannada (my native language) and I in English. Don’t we have a morbid curiosity! 😀
I have borrowed some of it from the famous and hilarious Dead Parrot Sketch by Monty Python. Well, here is the list:
- He became his ex-self.
- He kicked the bucket.
- He was.
- He used to ‘be’.
- He was formerly alive.
- He lacks life.
- He’s in the ‘Beyond’ aisle.
- He is only a carbon compound now.
- KA-CHICK… BOOM! (The “gun hand” aimed at self).
- He has an ample supply of dead now (OK, that was gruesome!).
- He was the deer that was caught in the headlights but didn’t run away 😀
- He joined the choir invisible. (Monty Python)
- Bereft of life, he rests in peace! (Monty Python)
- He sleeps with the fishes. (The Godfather!)