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Is It To Die For?

Mar 25, 2008
My grandmother didn't understand why people described things as "to die for". She thought something really liked should be something "to live for" - like chocolate.

Chocolate is a socially acceptable addiction. It's a multi-sensory addiction that appeals to taste, smell and touch. Because it also releases chemicals similar to those released when in love, it's a hard-to-fight addiction - but I'm going to try. The Toad-Ally Snax Company drizzles chocolate over caramelized popcorn and peanuts - not a Cracker Jack idea.

Recently I heard a radio ad for a course that teaches how to invest money. The announcer said the course would provide results other investors would "die for". Is it just me or did what happened after the 1929 stock market crash make those a poor choice of words?

If you married Henry VIII, the Henry who had two of his six wives executed, "to die for" was definitely a poor choice of words. Katherine Parr was Henry's last wife. She was involved in religious reform, wrote two books and was a patron of the arts. Not only did Katherine outlive Henry, she remarried. When it came to Henry's wives, Katherine Parr wasn't par for the course.

Hermes scarves, Rolex watches and Vuitton bags are status symbols. As a result, fakes can be found around the world. They're not made as well as the real thing and they don't last as long, but they sell. They're "en vogue" instead of in Vogue.

Because new fashion fads are often described as "to die for", the phrase inspired the name for two clothing lines. "Two Die For Clothes" are heavy metal. "To Die For Designs" are contemporary/Victorian. I think "To Die For" would be a good name for a lingerie line. I can't be the only one who was cautioned by her mother to wear clean underwear in case I was hit by a bus.

"To Die For" is a 1994 movie about gays and AIDS and a 1995 movie about an overly ambitious, television newsreader. It's the name of a gothic metal band from Finland, formerly known as "Mary-Ann", a not-so-successful, hard rock band; and the name of a cookbook written by the former death row chef at a Texas prison. There's a bookstore named "Mysteries To Die For" and a bath and body supplier named "Ingredients To Die For". Obviously, that phrase is a reason for living - a very good living.
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