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.