A few years ago I caught up at a funeral with some old school mates I’d last seen half a century back. Naturally the conversation dwelt on what had happened to various people.
In these accounts I heard an expression for the first time in decades that was common in working class Lower Hutt. Evidently various buggers had “passed away”.
God only knows why but over the last couple of years this silly euphemism has re-emerged and is now wide-spread. No-one dies anymore.
This is baby talk and plain silly. Where have they passed to? In raising this, in the current dictatorship I won’t be surprised should a helicopter land and police emerge to smash down my front door to arrest me for not being kind.