Every time I hear the word ‘succumbed’ my brain cringes.
To succumb is to give way, yield, submit and/or die. These are all rather emphatic things to be doing and I get that giving up, yielding and/or dying is quite well alluded to by the firm and final sound of a -d.
But I think this misses the point, a lot like SBS missed the point when I rang up to ask them if they were truly serious using the phrase ‘possibly imminent’ on live TV.
I get that succumbing is final, but the whole point of succumbing is the fact that you have resisted the giving way, yielding, submitting and/or dying, for what was probably quite a considerable length of time.
When it finally happens it’s not going to be sudden or unexpected. More than likely it’s going to wash over you like a warm and bloody wave: slightly metallic in flavour, if the written accounts of the taste of blood are to be believed. Which leads me to the question, why don’t they ever describe metal as tasting like blood?
Anyway, should you ever find that I have given up, yielded, submitted and/or died, know that I succambe.