To Suicide and Marriage v. CU

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 1 16:23:03 UTC 2007

Benjamin Barrett wrote:
> I don't think I've ever heard "suicide" as a verb outside of
> Asian-Americans in Seattle, until today. Vincent D'Onofrio says "he
> suicides" in the episode "Badge" of _Law & Order: CI_, Season 1 Episode
> E2124.

I first noticed this usage in the early 70s. A bunkmate of mine when I
was on a kibbutz wrote me, in a fit of adolescent angst, something to
the effect of "if I ever decided life was meaningless, I would suicide".
She was white, middle class, from the Detroit area, if I remember
correctly. I noticed the usage because it was so bizarre and unique.

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