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I have lived outside the UK for more than 30 years, and notice that the language changes, of course it does.

Lately Brits have started saying "passed" instead of "died". I find this very strange. OK, people used to say "passed away" when being very sensitive indeed. But "passed" strikes me as affected (and rather ungrammatical).

Now when my father died he did just that, he died. Would Brits find me cruelly insensitive for saying that? Does nobody die any more?

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I find that people use "passed" if they are religious or superstitious, to suggest that their spirits are alive, they have merely 'passed' to another realm.

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