to his demise

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jesusguime, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. jesusguime Senior Member

    Chinese
    So, the waitress takes him back where the cook is and to his demise, he sees the cook take the meat patty and flatten it under his arm pit. He says, "That's disgusting!"


    Hi,
    Does "to his demise" in the above amount to "he was virtually shocked to death?" Thanks.
     
  2. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Jerusalem
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Is this a sentence that you wrote yourself or one that you saw somewhere? We would say "to his dismay". Demise, as you know, has to do with death.
     
  3. Forero Senior Member

    Houston, Texas, USA
    USA English
    The composer of this sentence chose the wrong word (demise instead of surprise), or was making a joke.

    EDIT: Dismay would be an even better choice.
     
  4. jesusguime Senior Member

    Chinese
  5. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Jerusalem
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Thanks, jesusguime. (Please remember that we should always quote the source of a quotation.)

    That site looks like one where people send in jokes they like. As such, you should be careful about using it to learn English because mistakes are quite likely. This is a mistake.
     

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