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    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, ďEvery day now I think about the meaning of my life and what I am here to do.Ē6A senior executive from Sweden wrote to me, ďIím still young, I have a beautiful family, plenty of money, and Iím at the top of my profession, but Iím not happy. Iím making money, but Iím not serving any of the things that I care about.Ē7Lord Andrew Stone, former man- aging director of ftarks & Spencer PLC, told me, ďI often wake at four in the morning, asking myself what itís all about, what it all means. I feel if I canít 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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    Re: I might as well chop myself

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

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    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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    Re: I might as well chop myself

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

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    Re: I might as well chop myself

    That may well have been what the person originally said.

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