In this Pearls Before Swine cartoon, Rat and the Grim Reaper (a.k.a. Mister Death) are sitting at a bar. “What are you up to, Mister Death?” says Rat. “I was supposed to meet Pig here, but he hasn’t arrived yet. Hang on while I voice dial him.”
The Grim Reaper holds up a smart phone and says, “Call…Pig!” “Home or mobile?” replies the phone voice.
“Call…Pig…Home!” says Mister Death. In the next panel, Pig is there, and his eyes are really, really big. “Perhaps I worded that poorly,” says the Grim Reaper, looking at a stunned Pig, prostrate on the floor. You can tell he’s stunned because there’s a planet and a little spiral above his head.
Ah, the many euphemisms we have for death. Anything to avoid saying the “D” word. Really, it won’t kill you to call a spade a spade. Anyone want to add to this list of euphemisms?
Passed on; kicked the bucket; gave up the ghost; checked out; left the building; keeled over; took the Big Bus; caught the last train; bought the farm; paid the ultimate price; pushing up daisies; knocking on the Pearly Gates; taking a dirt nap; “tits up,” singing with the heavenly choir, and gone to the Great (whatever) in the Sky.