bucket list

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    When and where did the expression "bucket list" (for things to be done) come from? To the best of my memory it is quite new.
     
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  7. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Dictionary.com says that the colloquialism arose sometime between 2005 and 2010.

    As El Es said, it comes from the idiom, "kick the bucket," meaning "die." Dictionary.com offers this (somewhat hypothetical) origin for "kick the bucket."

    Kick the bucket, "to die" (first appearance 1785), is perhaps from unrelated Old French buquet, "balance," a beam from which slaughtered animals were hung; perhaps reinforced by the notion of suicide by hanging after standing on an upturned bucket.
     
  8. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    I have the impression that it refers to things to do, without a reference to "before dying". I guess that's a recent evolution.
     
  9. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    For any human endeavour, dying is implied.

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