But what does it mean?
January 29, 2014 3:26 PM Subscribe
So, Pete Seeger passed away, and I've seen a few people on social networking sites write "rest in power" when eulogizing. I noticed the people who are writing this are the activisty kinda folk (ultra-left, mostly atheistic). What does it mean? Is it a new phrase amongst these circles?
posted by spicytunaroll to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I Googled it and found it used also in relation to Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, James Brown, Adrienne Rich, Kimani Gray, Alan Blueford, and queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz, mostly on blogs.
I can kind of surmise what it means based on the above-- that the person who's passed had made such a lasting impact that they are still powerful in death, but would like to know definitively, preferably hearing from somebody who's used the phrase.
Just 'cause I like to be up on the lingo.