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--- "Ph. D." <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> >
> > Another idiom that mystified me for years was "to
> kick
> > the bucket". I only learned the meaning of this
> idiom a
> > year ago, after more than 10 years of English
> classes...
>
> Yes, English is filled with these.
>
> George kicked the pail = George kicked the pail.
> George kicked the bucket = George died.
>
> George bought the ranch = George bought the ranch.
> George bought the farm = George died.
>
> I read somewhere that in Croatian, "George is
> smelling
> the grass from the roots" = "George died."
>
> --Ph.D.

I've also heard "George is on the other side of the
grass."

--gary