Archive for September, 2009

Because “passed away” is passé

Monday, September 14th, 2009

I’m a fan both of interesting nicknames and of the various euphemisms employed by obituary writers to avoid using the word “died.” A recent death notice in the News & Observer offered two such highlights in the same sentence:

William McKinley “June Rabbit” Hartsfield, Jr., hit a Heavenly Home Run on September 9, 2009 and is now running the bases, swinging his bat, and tipping his cap with the angels, saints, and doves in God’s Glorious Kingdom above.

It turns out Hartsfield played minor league baseball, so that explains the euphemism. His nickname, however, remains a mystery.

June Rabbit, I hope you get to play two up there.