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김민석 Feb 2nd, 2005 12:30 am

not long for this world
 
How can I use the idiom, "not long for this world"?

Eric Feb 2nd, 2005 12:35 am

Just use a form of the verb "to be" in front of the expression.

ex. I am not long for this world.
ex. She's not long for this world.

That's one of my mother's favorite expressions. She usually says, "I'm not long for this world." immediately after watching the 10pm news. It just means that she's tired.

You can also use it to refer to someone who is dying. "He's not long for this world."

hope that helps :)

mrcards Mar 22nd, 2006 10:22 pm

Re: not long for this world
 
That's interesting...I've never heard of that expression before.:doh:

emile Mar 26th, 2006 07:32 pm

Re: not long for this world
 
For someone who's dying, you can also say:

"his days are numbered"

This can be a threat, too, if you address it to a person:

"your days are numbered..."

Eric Mar 27th, 2006 07:27 am

Re: not long for this world
 
that's a great one for class, emile. ;)

jenniferp Jun 21st, 2006 05:41 pm

Re: not long for this world
 
It would be a good expression to include in a class on euphemisms and taboo language. There are heaps of ways to talk about death and dying - passing on/over, bite the dust, kick the bucket...... etc

Obviously you have to be comfortable that the subject is ok to discuss in class... might not be suitable for all.

xx


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