More Words and Phrases I’m Sick Unto Death Of: Accidental Overdose


I hardly ever the word “overdose” by itself anymore, as in “so-and-so died of an overdose.” It’s always “so-and-so died of an accidental overdose.”

Isn’t that redundant? If you want to put it that way, wouldn’t the only alternative be an intentional overdose? Which would be a suicide.

The word “overdose” implies accidental. Someone tried to make themselves feel better in a high-risk way and miscalibrated.

So it’s either a suicide or an overdose, not an “accidental overdose.” End of story.

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