Euphemisms for Death and Dying - CBC Radio

I struggle with what words to use when talking about death.  As a word nerd, I love wordplay and euphemisms. I lean towards saying "dying" and "death" but I sometimes use "passing" or "passed" if I don't know the person well.  Otherwise, I'm using colorful language to discuss it.

A few of my favorite euphemisms for death:

Curtains - I can just hear it in that old-timey accent: KOIT-ens!
Toes up - Wicked Witch of the East, anyone?
Gone west - As in, it doesn't matter where they go, you won't see them again.

This story on CBC Radio looks at the words we use for death both in North America and around the world. 

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/documen...