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"Passed away"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by the fop, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. the fop

    the fop Member

    Apologies if this has been addressed here recently, but I'm curious: I'm seeing "passed away" in place of "died" all over the place lately, including on the AP wire. Has AP style on this changed? I remember profs banging away at this in college; people die, leave the euphemisms for others. Thoughts?
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Rule hasn't changed as far as I know. It's more likely a combination of laziness and news outlets laying off/phasing out a lot of the people who used to give a damn about that kind of stuff ...
  3. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, journalism passed away.
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Worse is when the head just says "passed" or "passes."

    Why are people uncomfortable using the word died?
  5. I Digress

    I Digress Guest

    I think it's because we're becoming a fact-repellent society. Facts are facts. But it seems they're being paired with qualifiers and other phrases and whatnot, as if to 'be nice?' Dead. Died. Is dying. WTF does pass away mean. Pass away to what? Death.
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    At least they didn't used "expired." Always makes me think they're talking about milk ...
  7. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

  8. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    Think I mentioned this the last time the subject was discussed, but a local serviceman died early last year from wounds he suffered in Afghanistan. Huge news in our small town, of course. The local daily ran the story at the top of A-1 with a "[soldier's name] DIES" hed, and absolutely got the crap ripped out of them by people who felt that it was "insensitive."

    Dunno. Maybe it's just me, but if I'd just lost my husband/father/coworker, I think I'd have more serious issues on my mind than how the story looked in the newspaper. Would "passes away" have made the news any easier to bear? Not on my planet.
  9. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Because of the wussification of America.
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I hate the phrase "passed away."

    I prefer "has gone to be with Jesus."
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    "bleedin' demised"

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  12. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    "has moved on to the heavenly mansion"?
    "is in a greater place"?
    "is singing with the angels"?
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