Kicking the Bucket List | The New Yorker


The expression derives from “kicking the bucket,” a euphemism for dying of obscure origin but blunt and vivid suggestiveness.

(Etymologists suggest that the bucket being kicked is not, as we might imagine, a pail, but a corruption of the Old French word buquet, meaning a balance or beam, from which slaughtered animals were suspended.)

via Kicking the Bucket List – The New Yorker.

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