A discussion on a journalists’ Facebook page bemoaned the use by reporters of euphemisms for death.
The instance which prompted the discussion was the a sentence in which a reporter wrote that someone had passed.
Passed where? one could be excused for asking – passed away, passed on, passed over or was news of the death exaggerated and had the subject of the story just passed by?
Most who commented agreed that, in news stories at least, dead is right and euphemisms are wrong.
Should you prefer a less direct way of stating a life has ended there are scores of possibilities here.
But no-one does it better than Monty Python: