- There are a couple of theories behind the origin of the phrase “kick the bucket”
- One popular theory comes from how animals are slaughtered, especially pigs.
- In many parts of the world, animals are hung upside down from a beam before their throats are cut.
- This allows the blood to quickly drain out of the animal’s body.
- The Old French word for this beam is Buquet. After the animal’s throat was cut, it would spasm and while hanging upside down and kick the beam, or kick the bucket
- Another theory suggests that people would often commit suicide by standing on an overturned bucket before hanging themselves. They’d have to kick the bucket
away to finish the job.