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Why do we say 'kicked the bucket' when someone dies?
7 January 2020, 13:05
Politician Stephen Pound called James O'Brien to explain the morbid origins of the phrase 'kicked the bucket.'
Mystery Hour Question
Why do we say 'kicked the bucket'?
Name: Stephen Pound.
Qualification: Knowledgeable former politician.
Answer: Mr Pound set the record straight about this old saying, explaining that it is a reference to the process of making black pudding. This used to involve hanging a dead pig by its trotters over a bucket, in order to collect blood. When the throat of the animal was cut, the spasm of its lower trotters would cause it to literally kick the bucket.