February 26, 2009

Why does R.I.P. sound scary?


As a kid, don't you remember seeing R.I.P. on Halloween decorations and thinking negatively of the connotation? I don't think I ever really thought of it as an acronym for "rest in peace" but more as a sign that the deceased's life was ending by being RIPped apart by something.

Maybe we think of R.I.P in a morbid sense because it is? The idea that the dead are simply "resting" sounds like something you'd tell a 3-year-old who couldn't understand why his goldfish was floating at the top of the tank.

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