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Old 07-13-09, 06:43 PM   #1
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Passed or died?

My sis is living in Florida and has told me about her use of the term "passed" or "passed on." I just saw this same term quoted in a Texas news article. Is this a southern thing? Everyone I talk to, if we're talking about death, I simply say that the person we're talking about has died or is dead.

What say you, Foo? Who uses "passed?"
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passed is more like gas. But my southern realtives say it too.
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What say you, Foo? Who uses "passed?"
I passed people on the group ride tonight. I was also passed by many of the same people.
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I am not from the South so I can't relate to that terminology however, I do say that someone has passed away. The person my no longer be with us but their spirit is always with us. Died or death has a negative connotation to me.
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'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker!
'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies!
'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig!
'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!!
THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

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I say died. I spent my formative years in the south and I have heard "passed" but dead is dead.
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I'll use the word "passed" the day someone shows me where they all "passed" on to.
Till then they're dead!
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'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker!
'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies!
'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig!
'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!!
THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!
Before you continue acting like an ass, did you ever think that people that lost loved ones look here as a source of relief?
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Before you continue acting like an ass, did you ever think that people that lost loved ones look here as a source of relief?
He's quoting Monty Python.

Besides, this is a semantics discussion, not Forty-Five Minutes On The Couch.
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Before you continue acting like an ass, did you ever think that people that lost loved ones look here as a source of relief?
I would hope that no one is looking in this thread for comfort... I mean, the title hints at what this thread is gonna be about... Plus that skit on of the most classic skits ever.
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I would hope that no one is looking in this thread for comfort... I mean, the title hints at what this thread is gonna be about... Plus that skit on of the most classic skits ever.
Do a search on VegaVixen. Her husband died and she considered this site as a great source of relief. They both were avid cyclists.
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Do a search on VegaVixen. Her husband died and she considered this site as a great source of relief. They both were avid cyclists.
Jeez man... There are other threads on here. The title isn't hiding what this one is about. If someone is grieving, it's possible to pass this thread over and do it simply according to the thread title.
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Can I continue acting like an ass now? Jeebus, this is Foo still, is it not. You forgot to jump on the second poster, who compared death to a fart. just saying.
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Do a search on VegaVixen. Her husband died and she considered this site as a great source of relief. They both were avid cyclists.
You ever watch that movie Patch Adams? Humor is actually a decent way to deal with stress--even the stress caused by death.

I live in the south, and I say passed on.
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I am not from the South so I can't relate to that terminology however, I do say that someone has passed away. The person my no longer be with us but their spirit is always with us. Died or death has a negative connotation to me.
I agree that for what ever reason(s) "passed on/away" has a softer, less harsh impact than "died"
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"Passed on" is a common expression in my circles; I don't know that that makes it a Southern phrase, though.
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Before you continue acting like an ass, did you ever think that people that lost loved ones look here as a source of relief?
Passed on is what I'm used to hearing coming from the south. That being said, when my fiance' (at the time) died in a car crash, I relied on humor and laughter to get me by. Laughter is the cure all for a bitter soul/heart.
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I agree that for what ever reason(s) "passed on/away" has a softer, less harsh impact than "died"

+1 that it has a softer and less harsh impact, but for this reason it is avoided by professionals as it can be confusing.

My sister is an intensive care paramedic (bigger box of toys compared to an ordinary paramedic) and she deals with lots of patients who are either dead when she arrives, or dead soon after*. The paramedics say that someone has 'died' as any other euphemism can - and has - been misunderstood by upset family and friends at the scene.

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Polite phrase for kicked the bucket. Pass on likely refers to going somewhere else.
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