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Can you come up with an oddball way to describe suicide?

Asked by 6rant6 (13672points) April 18th, 2012

There are all sorts of oblique ways to describe death – kick the bucket, take a dirt nap, sing with the angels. Do you know any (or can you make up) phrases that describe suicide?

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SomeoneElse's avatar

Death by Misadventure.

janbb's avatar

taking your life in your own hands

jrpowell's avatar

Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “Smoking is the only honorable form of suicide.”

Pretty sure that doesn’t help answer your question but I thought I should toss it out there.

Charles's avatar

The act of voluntarily ceasing a person’s own physiological processes.

6rant6's avatar

@SomeoneElse “Misadventure” means accident. So “death by misadventure” is accidental death.

@janbb “Doesn’t “taking your life in your own hands,” just mean making important decisions for oneself?

marinelife's avatar

Digging your own grave and diving in.

ro_in_motion's avatar

Jonathon Winters once told Paul Williams when Paul was suicidal: “If you do it, do it by jumping off a building with a duck under one arm and a sheep under the other”. It will have people guessing for years.

rebbel's avatar

There might be problems aplenty, but suicide would be the last thing I would do.

TexasDude's avatar

An hero.

Also, a specific method is by “suck starting a shotgun.”

poisonedantidote's avatar

Logging out of RL

rebbel's avatar

Building on @poisonedantidote‘s answer; Go offlife.

SomeoneElse's avatar

@6rant6 You are correct. I shall have to think about it more as I meant it to mean that the thoughts of suicide could have been thought of as a unknown adventure, which perhaps went further into the unknown than might have been wanted . . . 39 Steps to the Unknown?

ro_in_motion's avatar

Being ethical? Terry Pratchett, for example, has Alzheimers and has discussed his future suicide.

SomeoneElse's avatar

@ro_in_motion Of course Terry Pratchett has made people think more about suicide, after writing the character of Death in the Discworld books into a more acceptable way of being ‘taken’.
‘A Scythe of Relief’ might then describe suicide perhaps.

FluffyChicken's avatar

Personal soul extraction.

ucme's avatar

Hide & seek world champion.

janbb's avatar

@6rant6 It was a play on the term. The OP did ask for oddball.

Sunny2's avatar

Swallow the bullet.
Take your own route out of town.
Decide that enough is enough, permanently.
Swallow his final drink.
Chose his own poison (or choose)
Give up chocolate for good!
Hung himself from the chandelier.

6rant6's avatar

@SomeoneElse I agree, “A scythe of relief” is brilliant.

In comparison to just death, suicide seems to have fewer conventional expressions associated with it.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Suicide by cop is sometimes referred to a blue suicide.

6rant6's avatar

@janbb I get it. “taking your life.”

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Ponderer983's avatar

Cashing in my chips

Hain_roo's avatar

Offing oneself.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Let’s not forget that despite the clever answers to this question that the rate of suicide about people 16 to 21 is extraordinarily high and we should all be alert to young people around us who may seem to be at elevated risk for suicide.

blueberry_kid's avatar

Pushing your own daises.

Plucky's avatar

Killing the one person you can actually change.

Blondesjon's avatar

Corporeally bankrupt.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Pressing eject.

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