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Thread poster: natalykelly


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English to Spanish
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Jun 21, 2012

I am looking for examples of phrases that are used in place of "died" or "death" in other languages, with a literal version of what it means in English.

Would anyone be able to post an example from a language other than English? All are welcome.


Jacek Sierakowski
Local time: 15:59
English to French
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French Jun 21, 2012

Passer l'arme à gauche - To pass one's weapon on one's left side.
Manger les pissenlits par la racine - To eat dandelions by the roots.
Avaler son extrait de naissance - To swallow one's birth certificate.


Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:59
English to German
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German Jun 21, 2012

über den Jordan gehen


Stella Strantzali  Identity Verified
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a Greek version Jun 21, 2012

could be something like "cast the petals"

"τίναξε τα πέταλα"



Nicole Maina  Identity Verified
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German to Italian
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German and Italian Jun 21, 2012

the first ones I can think of:

ins Gras beißen (to bite the grass)
den Löffel abgeben (to pass on the spoon)

tirare le cuoia (to pull the leathers)

[Edited at 2012-06-21 11:56 GMT]


Patricia Mesa  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:59
English to Spanish
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Spanish... Jun 21, 2012

Estirar la pata: To stretch your leg
Pasar a mejor vida: To pass to a better life
Criar malvas: To grow daisies


Romuald Pawlikowski  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:59
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English to Polish
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Polish Jun 21, 2012

Kopnąć w kalendarz -> Kick the calendar
Wąchać kwiatki od spodu -> Smell flowers from below (more or less)


Victor Dewsbery  Identity Verified
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German to English
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More German Jun 21, 2012

den Löffel abgeben (= give up your spoon)
das Gras (or: die Radieschen) von unten betrachten (look at the grass/the radishes from below)
ins Gras beissen (= bite the grass)
das Zeitliche segnen (= bless the temporal realm)
in die ewigen Jagdgründe gehen (= go to the eternal hunting grounds)


Roman Lutz  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:59
English to German
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German Jun 21, 2012

"Das Zeitliche segnen" (to meet your maker, or, more literally "to bless the time"icon_smile.gif )

//Edit: too late...

[Edited at 2012-06-21 12:03 GMT]


Silvia Mira
Local time: 14:59
French to Portuguese
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in PT-PT Jun 21, 2012

In PT from Portugal we use for example:

- bater as botas (literally: beat the boots one against the other)
- ir fazer tijolo (literally: produce bricks)

i hope this was useful



Berna Bleeker
Local time: 15:59
Member (2011)
English to Dutch
Dutch Jun 21, 2012

De pijp uitgaan - go out of the pipe (not sure which pipe is meant; maybe the intended meaning is to ascend to the heavens, like the smoke of a pipe goes up?)

Het hoekje omgaan - turn a corner (turn around the little corner, literally)

De madeliefjes van onderen bekijken - look at the daisies from below

Het tijdelijke met het eeuwige verwisselen - exchange the temporal for the eternal

[Edited at 2012-06-21 12:12 GMT]


Ana Gariso  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:59
English to Portuguese
Portuguese Jun 21, 2012

Esticar o pernil - something like "strech the leg"

Bater as botas - knocking the boots (from military dismiss protocol, when knocking the boots soles one against the other before turning back on a superior)

Ir desta para melhor - to go from this one to a better one (life: presupposition)

Ir para os anjinhos - to go to the little angels

[Editada em 2012-06-21 12:22 GMT]


Ivars Barzdevics  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:59
English to Spanish
How many non-English speakers would get this one? Jun 21, 2012



Scheherezade Suria Lopez  Identity Verified
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Euphemisms love Jun 21, 2012

Hi there!

You can find more euphemisms related to death, economy, etc, in this post here:
And don't miss the Python's sketch!

Hope you like them!



Alexandra Schneeuhr  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:59
Member (2012)
English to Russian
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Russian Jun 21, 2012

"откинуть копыта" (ot'kinut ko'pyta) - the closest to English "kick the bucket", literally meaning "to cast away one's hooves". This one is not truly rude, but not very respectful eithericon_smile.gif

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