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What does "At funeral speed" mean?

Asked by Hydrogenbond (365points) February 6th, 2010

If somebody is “hating you at funeral speed” what does this imply?

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marinelife's avatar

It is kind of a misused metaphor. For something to be happening at funeral speed means that it is happening slowly (funeral processions being very slow).

Someone can’t really hate you slowly so that is why it is misused.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

Could it be that they mean they are hating you so fast that you’re having a funeral soon? In other words, they want to kill you or something like that?

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I have no idea, but it’s an interesting turn of phrase. I will have to give it some careful consideration.

With all deliberate speed.

ucme's avatar

Dead slow.

Cruiser's avatar

The long slow walk back from the fridge with the last cold beer…

gasman's avatar

I agree that it’s probably a misuse of an idiom meaning slowly, but perhaps what they meant was ‘hating’ in the sense of ‘slow burn’—evolving from mildly annoyed to moderately angry to extremely irate?

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downtide's avatar

very slowly. But I fail to see how speed can be applied to hate.

filmfann's avatar

It sounds like it means someone driving by you, really slow, giving you the stink-eye.

Hydrogenbond's avatar

@filmfann – Lol, butters, that’s a sweet display pic. That’s what I’m going to go with.

Adagio's avatar

Would I be wrong in thinking that the word is actually funereal?

Drawkward's avatar

Ever been to a funeral where everyone’s running around? That’d be interesting.

whiteroseman's avatar

It relates to the speed of the cortege – which traditionally drives slowly from the deceased place of rest (e.g. home) to the place of burial/cremation. Passers-by should stop, doff their hats (if applicable) as a sign of respect and wait for the cortege to pass. It is also very bad form to overtake said procession.

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