bucket list

   this is not an opinion post its just sort of like an about  post. okay so at first i thought a bucket list was a list of things you want to put in a bucket. and i thought who would have a list of things they want to put in a bucket.then Owen ( my big brother ) said it i on my bucket list to beat dad in tennis and i  said what! then Owen said a bucket list is a list of things you want to do in your life and i  thought why dont you make the name rellevant!

my list

notice i did not call it a bucket list. okay heres my list

1.be better than john at ping pong

2.get a perfect report card

3.write 50 poems 6 down 44 to go

4.learn how to cook

5.go to alaska

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9 thoughts on “bucket list

  1. Great (not) bucket list, Miles! One-upping John in things appears on my bucket list too! Before there was NBA 2K and online multiplayer, there was NBA Street and I was the only person around to play with him. We would kill hours and it was my life #GOAL to beat him in a match.

    P.S – I like KFC too, lets try to make our own some day soon!

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  2. Hi Miles, since I’ve known you your whole life and enjoy your smooth vocabulary and genuine interest in etymology and the origin of linguistic phrases and idioms I think it’s safe to say that you strike me as the sort of fellow who would want the questions he posed in his bog taken seriously and if possible, laid to rest. So, as to why is the list of things someone wants to do called a bucket list, here goes: The term “bucket list” comes from the idiom for someone who has died. Among other idioms for death one of the ways to say someone has died is to say he or she has, “kicked the bucket”. Originally, the entire phrase was used to discuss things people wanted to do in life before they die or “kick the bucket” People’s lists of these things were shortened from “A list of things I want to do before I kick the bucket” to simply, my “bucket list”. I hope this helps makes sense of this confounding and a bit macabre expression. There are a number of things I wondered about that are used in common speech that could have saved me a lot of confusion and even embarrassment had someone explained them to me sooner…like that it wasn’t until I read the word “eyesore” in a novel in my twenties and realised that my whole life I thought people were saying “ice ore” and had been imagining a giant shard of ice lodged in their eyeball. I also find the origins of expressions fascinating because some of them come form crazy old expressions that we don’t even realise are the roots of things in our modern speech. I hope this was clarifying and helped removed any shards of “ice ore” that may have been unwittingly lodged in your (metaphoric) eyeball.

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  3. Going to Alaska is also on ‘my list’, but I call mine ‘life goals’. I want to go on a cruise to Alaska!!! Other things on my life goals list: Learn another language and get my masters degree 🙂

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  4. and, to add to Amy’s comment, the origin of the phrase is: A person standing on a pail or bucket with their head in a slip noose would kick the bucket so as to commit suicide. The OED, however, says this is mainly speculative; The OED describes as more plausible the archaic use of “bucket” as a beam from which a pig is hung by its feet prior to being slaughtered.
    kick the bucket – Wiktionary

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