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  • noun A zippered bag, usually of rubber or plastic, for transporting a human corpse.

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  • noun A non-porous bag designed to contain a human body, used for the storage and transport of corpses.

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  • noun a bag in which the body of a dead soldier is placed


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  • WORD: body bag


    (1) A zippered, leakproof bag used for the purpose of transporting human remains; a <a href="">cadaver pouch</a>. As defined by Kurt Vonnegut, "a large plastic envelope for a freshly killed American soldier."

    (2) As defined by Kurt Vonnegut's fictional character Kilgore Trout, a much to be desired isolation booth or sensory deprivation chamber.

    EXAMPLE of SENSE (1): ' A <b>body bag</b> was a large plastic envelope for a freshly killed American soldier. It was a new invention. '

    --- 1973. KURT VONNEGUT. Breakfast of Champions, or, Goodbye Blue Monday. Chapter 3 (Page 32).

    EXAMPLES of SENSE (2): Editorial note: To put Kilgore Trout's following statements into context, it may be helpful to point out that in Chapter 1 of his novel "Breakfast of Champions," Kurt Vonnegut states "Trout considered himself not only harmless but invisible. The world had paid so little attention to him that he supposed he was dead. He hoped he was dead." (Page 14). Perhaps Kilgore Trout is thinking of that famous line from Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress," you know, the one that starts out with "The grave is a fine and private place . . ."

    ' The fan letter came much too late. It wasn't good news. It was perceived as an invasion of privacy by Kilgore Trout. The letter from Rosewater promised that he would make Trout famous. This is what Trout had to say about that, with only his parakeet listening: "Keep the hell out of my <b>body bag</b>." '

    --- 1973. KURT VONNEGUT. Breakfast of Champions, or, Goodbye Blue Monday. Chapter 3 (Page 32).

    ' Trout laughed at the flattering invitation, but he felt fear after that. Once again, a stranger was tampering with the privacy of his <b>body bag</b>. He put this question to his parakeet haggardly, and he rolled his eyes: "Why all this sudden interest in Kilgore Trout?" '

    --- 1973. KURT VONNEGUT. Breakfast of Champions, or, Goodbye Blue Monday. Chapter 3 (Page 34).

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