Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Powerpoint About Death : Phil Shinn [37]


Death - The Powerpoint from philshinn on Vimeo.

Powerpoint montage by PC Shinn, industrial linguist/artist, from his presentation at A Book About Death at The Emily Harvey Harvey Foundation in New York.  This piece concerns "euphemisms about death," says Shinn.  "There are more than 200 here in English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Polish, French.  The funniest is 'I'm comin' Elizabeth' and I'm not sure of the origins of this phrase." Shinn is asking viewers to send more euphemisms – in any language – about death and dying to his site, Ride The Crane. "I'd like to add phrases from some of the world's other languages," he says.  "Tagalog and others more than welcome."

DOWNLOAD THE FULL 17 mb FILE, WITH ALL THE FADES AND THE MUSIC TO YOUR PC/MAC.  IT'S A .mov FILE.  IF YOU ARE PLANNING  TO EXHIBIT A BOOK ABOUT DEATH YOU WILL WANT  TO HAVE THIS IN THE SHOW.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

2 comments:

g said...

Hi all -

I believe the phrase - "I'm comin' Elizabeth!" is by the actor Redd Foxx from the old TV sitcom Sanford and Son. He would react to an unfavorable situation by faking a heat-attack and making that statement to his departed wife.

Don't know why I remembered that trivia - never really watched the show - or much TV for that matter.

Gary A. Bibb

Cecil Touchon said...

Great Phil. Would love to have that on CD for next year's show of ABAD (oct 2010) Didn't notice these...

'Took last breath'
'standing at the pearly gates'
'Fell or among the Fallen' (as with soldiers)


Cecil Touchon
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