aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Pet peeve

I really get tired of people saying that So and So "passed" when they mean "died." I accept the euphemism "passing away," and I don't mind using the noun "The Passing of So and So." But when someone tells me that somebody "passed," all I can think of is that he declined to name trumps.

Quit being so delicate, people. The word is "died." Saying the word aloud doesn't mean that you'll jinx yourself to be the next, nor will it offend the person in grief. Calling things by their right names is a sign of health; refusing to do so is a sign of an uncomfortable psyche.

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