Scottish Sayings about Death


Death in Scotland

It is a fact of life that some day the Grim Reaper will call on everyone of us one day, and when that day comes it is time to say bye bye cruel world.

Grief is a strange thing that affects different people in different ways, some people curl up into a corner and wish the world away, some people hide how they are feeling and explode a long time later down the line, others use humor to help get them through the death of a loved one.

This page is dedicated to those people.

It's Not the Cough That Carries you off, it's the coffin they carry you off in

Banned Scottish ad for Nike Featuring the grim Reaper

Top 10 Sayings to Death

In Scotland there are many old sayings that are related to death which are humorous and garaunteed to liven up the the most boring wakes.

10) Death--the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

9) Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.

8) Dead men are free men.

7) There isn't a cure for death

6) Death pays off all debts

5) Better wade back mid water than go forward and drown.

4) Better live in hope than die in despair.

3) Better be a coward than a corpse.

2) A thread will tie an honest man better than a rope will do a rogue.


There is a little rhyme that is common in Scotland that is often said if someone takes a coughing fit.

It's not the cough that carries you off, it's the coffin they carry you off in!

Death is not a laughing matter but humor helps a lot of families cope through the difficult time.

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jimmythejock 8 years ago from Scotland Author

have Fun.....jimmy

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J D Murrah 8 years ago from Refugee from Shoreacres, Texas

I love the Nike ad! It was a wonderful touch.

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Chuck 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

Jimmy, that was a great ad - I'm glad you published it.

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GoldenThread 8 years ago from England

LOL, the Nike ad was cool. :)

CHR 5 years ago

It's not the cough that carries you off

It's the coffin they carry you off in.

Consumption be done about it ?

Of cough, of cough,

But not for a lung, lung time.

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