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    Death is the final unknown

    "Death is the final unknown." This word occurs after gameover in a PC game. Is it a famous word? Does it have a figurative meaning?

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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    It's quite literal but it could have a figurative meaning but I don't know of one off the top of my head.

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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    We don't know whether it is the end or not, so it is the last thing in life that we don't know about and can only learn by dying.

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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We don't know whether it is the end or not, so it is the last thing in life that we don't know about and can only learn by dying.
    And that we will learn by dying is a common, though also uncertain, proposition.

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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    I'm dying (not) to find out.

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    For our learners: look at the link below.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...-for-to-do-sth

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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "Death is the final unknown." This word occurs after gameover in a PC game. Is it a famous word? Does it have a figurative meaning?

    Thank you.

    I have a feeling, that since you saw this sentence after playing a PC game, that your game manufacturer has a sequel, titled "Death is the Final Unknown".

    Your sentence is probably advertising the next game in the series.
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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    And that we will learn by dying is a common, though also uncertain, proposition.
    There is no other way, sadly.

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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    There is no other way, sadly.
    True, as far as we know. My only point is that it's an error to consider that dying is necessarily a way at all. Sometimes it goes unquestioned that we'll find out what happens after death after we die.

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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    Indeed- if those that believe in an afterlife are wrong, they won't find out when they die. I have always liked the idea of a five-second afterlife with a big sign telling them that they were wrong before the lights go off.

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    Re: Death is the final unknown

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Indeed- if those that believe in an afterlife are wrong, they won't find out when they die. I have always liked the idea of a five-second afterlife with a big sign telling them that they were wrong before the lights go off.
    Does "before the lights go off" mean before die? But I cannot find any such idiom.

    Thank you.

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