Id, Ego and Super Ego, three primary elements of one’s psyche fall into play, everyday: the inner workings of the Freudian mind. But sometimes, someone or thing knocks a pretentious character off their highfalutin pedestal now and then, karma to make a body feel real again.
When the stinging letdown or personal dilemma brings one down a notch or two, or three, pertinent idioms seem to ease the shock to their fragile ego or deeply emotional feelings, but used not to let on the particular event has tremendously effected the individual.
“Well that just took the wind out of my sails, by God,” is a nice way of putting it; or “Haters keep raining on my parade.”
“Popped my bubble” and “added insult to injury” can be a couple more.
Euphemisms, or unoffensive sayings about an otherwise dreadful occurrence, are a tremendous psychological tool to lessen a tragic “blow to the chin.” Calling your adversary “A few sandwiches short of a picnic” is a good way to lash back, diminishing his or her credibility, thus minimizing the amount of crow to be ingested.
Expanding this theoretical thought, outstanding clichés about having “bitten the dust” are found by extensively researching on Yahoo, noting the majority of the witty comments offered had to do with either death, bodily functions or excrement.
Of the three aforementioned topics, death—although not usually an enjoyable subject to bring up—was the most tolerable and humorous in its phrasing.
The other mundane expressions like a bottom blast, breaking wind and buttock bassoon; or building a dookie castle and barbarians at the gate are too rude for formal writing, whereby the second phrase in the preceding bunch is probably the most literately correct; however, these following metaphors about death tickled my imagination:
Kicked the Bucket (most common one)
Assumed Room Temperature
Got Stamped Return to Sender
Wandering the Elysian Fields
Baste the Formaldehyde Turkey
Crossed over the River Styx
Danced His Last Dance
Decided That Hell’s Got A Better HR Policy Than The Office
Eating Dandelions By the Roots
Fallen off the Perch
Wrote His Final Chapter
Gone to the Last Roundup
Turned His Face to the Wall
In the Bone Yard
In the Horizontal Phone Booth (don’t see many of them anymore)
Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Six Feet Under (second most common one)
Kicked the Oxygen Habit
Put on the Wooden Overcoat
Living in Procrastinator’s Paradise
On a Permanent Vacation
Bought the Farm
Popped his clogs
The Final Edit
Extremely Passive Voice
Fettuccine Al Dead-o
Donating the Liver Pate
Promoted to Subterranean Truffle Inspector
In Zombie Land
Stairway to Heaven or Hell
Reformatted by God
I’m sure this list could go on ad infinitum. This is not meant to offend anyone. Add some if you know others. As far as making a toast to death, if that can be acceptable: may “the final curtain” be a stranger for quite a spell longer.
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