Friday, June 26, 2009

Words of Death

The news is swarming with information on the deaths of several famous people, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, our favorite Charlie's Angel Farrah Fawcett, and a late-night legend Ed Mcmahon. As I listen to various news reports and commentaries, it dawns on me that we have a problem addressing death.
In most of the reports I listened to, the word died was not used at all, however, all three people did just that, they died. I heard, the terms, "passed away" "untimely passing", expired", "moved on", "gracefully exited", and the list goes on, or the silliness I should say.
Folks, when a person dies, it's simply put, they DIED! They are not coupons or food, therefore, they do not "expire". When one dies, they are gone forever, they haven't "moved on", they're not one of your ex's that no longer desire to be in your presence.
Let's talk about the term "untimely passing"... First, when has death been timely? And where is the clock that keeps this time? I'm not even going to touch the word "passing", that's just too easy!
I heard one media personality say regarding Farrah Fawcett, that her "time had come", again, where is the F&8K!#G clock!! Man what will happen if it malfunctions! I'm nervous just thinking about the battery dieing in this thing!
It was said that Mr. Mcmahon "gracefully exited" this life, well now... I curious as to if this mean he did a beautiful ballet dance while dying or if he complimented everyone he saw just before he died. Come on people, grow up! We are born, we live, and we die! We don't gracefully pass on in an untimely manner!
Nothing to ponder here people, just facts.


  1. Anonymous8:35 PM

    I'm not supposed to be laughing this hard when reading about death! Very humorous

  2. It's always been a concern of this country to smooth over the unsavory, especially when the media is involved. Those things that we should let bother us get glazed over so they can be easily digested, and we are left with the a picture that is more palatable. Good blog, like the humorous edge.

  3. You have a way of turning an awful thing into one that provokes though along with a taste of humor. Hadn't really thought about the way we talk about death till now.