wide array of death euphemisms

Rachel E. Shuttlesworth rshuttle at BAMA.UA.EDU
Tue Aug 31 15:41:35 UTC 2004

There's also a clip from Patch Adams where Robin Williams (dressed like
an angel) visits an angry, terminally ill patient and goes through a
list of death euphemisms. I've used it in intro to linguistics classes
with much success. I'll see if I cain't track down my transcript of the

Rachel Shuttlesworth

Mullins, Bill wrote:
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> I yield to that master of euphemisms for death, John Cleese:
> "It's passed on. This parrot is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired
> and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It's a stiff. Bereft of
> life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be
> pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir
> invisible. This is an ex-parrot."


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