pass away

You don’t need to be a language geek or a professional psychologist to figure this one out, guys. People are afraid to die, so they are also afraid to say “die” — as if saying it will make them or their loved ones die sooner.

People are funny that way.

The extra funny part is that we all know “pass away” means “die.” People who passed away are just as dead as people who died. Everyone knows this. It’s not like there are shades of being dead.

Death isn’t the only thing people think they can change by calling it something else. We’ll talk more about that soon.