How We ‘Die’ in the Midwest, or at Least the Euphemism we use for it
R.I.P. If you are living, you have probably discussed dying at one point or another. Depending on what Midwestern state you live in, you might describe it differently.
Sometimes when describing the loss of a loved one, we might use a euphemism to avoid saying the word "died". A Euphemism is the substitution of an inoffensive word or phrase for something generally considered offensive or insensitively explicit.
Depending on where you live, the phrase you choose, differs greatly. Mentalfloss recently published substitute words used in place of saying 'dying' based on each of the fifty states. We took the list and narrowed the list down to the Midwest.
HERE ARE THE TOP WAYS TO DESCRIBE THE DEARLY DEPARTED in the MIDWEST
- IOWA: People just say the individual "DIED"
- ILLINOIS: "Went To be With His/Her Lord"
- INDIANA: "Passed Away"
- MICHIGAN: "Was Called Home"
- MISSOURI: "Passed Away"
- WISCONSIN: "Was called home"
- OHIO: "Went Home"
I'm lost, if you died at your personal residence, weren't you at home anyway?
Check out some other states:
Hawaii, has my favorite...the dearly departed 'slipped away'. Really, I didn't know it snowed in Hawaii.
Check out the full map of all 50 states here.