Catch Word #99 – To bite the dust

This is a fun episode about slang for to die! Of course, all these slang terms for dying are not meant to be used about anyone or anything we really care about, because that would be disrespectful. But people do use these terms to talk about things or strangers, and these expressions are very commonly used in films and on TV. So, don’t take it seriously and enjoy learning about these funny expressions with us.

Expressions included in the learning materialsshowdown

  • Eh
  • To pass away
  • To bite the dust
  • A showdown
  • To be a chicken
  • Allowances
  • To kick the bucket
  • A page-turner
  • Miles vs. kilometres
  • To be in the market
  • Additional expressions that mean to die
    • To breathe one’s last breathe
    • To cash in one’s chips
    • To give up the ghost
    • To buy the farm
    • To meet one’s maker
    • To turn up one’s toes
    • To pass away
    • To go to a better place

Sample transcript

Maura:  We’re not going to make this a serious episode, because all of these expressions about dying are not to be used in any serious circumstance. You would never use these expressions if you were talking about a real person actually dying.
Harp: Yes. These are expressions if a thing dies or if someone dies who you don’t know or you’re not close to.
Maura: Right. So what we mean by that is someone who dies in the news that you don’t know at all or a person that dies in a movie or a book, someone that’s not really real. Anyone who is actually dying in real life, in the life of a friend or someone you know, these expressions are completely inappropriate.
Harp: Yes.
Maura: But the reason we decided to do an episode anyways, because there are so many expressions that mean to die.
Harp: Yeah, and there are fun expressions that you can hear out on the streets.
Maura: Yes. They’re funny, they’re not serious, and they’re not used in any serious way.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips