Sleepovers (and other misnomers)

A friend of mine mentioned that her daughter had a sleepover at a friend’s house, and of course that brought up the fact that sleep is actually one of the least likely things to occur at a sleepover.

We decided that sleepovers are actually a clinical condition much better referred to as RSD: Recreational Sleep Deprivation.

Sleep: it’s a noun, it’s a verb, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning if you can’t watch cartoons. But like all sorts of other words, it hasn’t limited itself to its original meaning, which made me think of other “sleep” words that don’t have much to do with the primary dictionary definition:

• to sleep with someone: euphemism
• to sleep with the fishes: something hopefully completely different from the above
• to let sleeping dogs lie: worst case scenario, this ends up with you and the fishes, leading into
• the big sleep: do not pass go, do not collect $200.

Happy weekend, everyone. Enjoy the lovely summer days. And if you can, catch some zzzs and pull them into a hammock for a good afternoon nap.

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  1. I’ve been thinking about euphemisms/misnomers/slang a lot recently. I think my favourite is ” to see someone” – a rather nonsensical euphemism for the rather euphemistic “to sleep with someone”.

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