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    #1

    I might as well chop myself

    Hello everyone,

    From the book by Danah Zohar, an American-British author:

    A business leader who survived the 2011 Japanese tsunami said afterward, Every day now I think about the meaning of my life and what I am here to do.6A senior executive from Sweden wrote to me, Im still young, I have a beautiful family, plenty of money, and Im at the top of my profession, but Im not happy. Im making money, but Im not serving any of the things that I care about.7Lord Andrew Stone, former man- aging director of ftarks & Spencer PLC, told me, I often wake at four in the morning, asking myself what its all about, what it all means. I feel if I cant find answers to these questions, I might as well chop myself.

    Does it mean that he might really cut himself into pieces?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: I might as well chop myself

    No. It's simply an informal way of saying 'commit suicide'.

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    #3

    Re: I might as well chop myself

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Does it mean that he might really cut himself into pieces?
    He could try, but it is unlikely that he could do it, but he could cut his wrists and kill himself.

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    #4

    Re: I might as well chop myself

    In BE, the usual expression is 'I might as well top myself'.

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    #5

    Re: I might as well chop myself

    That may well have been what the person originally said.

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