A linguistic thing that's bugging me
by, 31st March 2012 at 12:33 PM (171 Views)
Does anybody realize that the euphemisms for fainting and death, PASS AWAY and PASS OUT, sound practically the same? Take a look at these two sentences:
"My father passed out from cancer last week."
"I pass away every time I see blood."
Don't they sound the same?! Talking about someone "passing" has major double meanings (especially if it's drinking related). When I hear about someone passing away, I think "they fainted?", and when I hear somebody talking about themselves passing out, I think "they died?"
Does any linguist know why these two different things can sound so similar?
Edit: I know the meanings, the example sentences are just to show how similar they still sound if you swapped the opposite phrase.
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