Month: September 2016

euphemisms for death

I promised I’d come back with the rest of the delightful euphemisms for death that I picked out of some long lists. Death is obviously not everybody’s favorite subject or we wouldn’t have so many substitutes for the correct name. Pushing up daisies — seems like a pleasant and worthwhile endeavor Crossed the rainbow bridge — sounds like fairyland, or…

boondocks

Since I did “boondoggle” mid-week, couldn’t resist checking out “boondocks” this time. “Boondocks” is a rural area, a remote and wild place. Sometimes applied to an out-of-the-way city or town considered backward and unsophisticated. The word was introduced by US military personnel fighting in the Philippine—American War (1899-1902), from the Tagalog “bundok” which means “mountain” or “remote and wild place.”…