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Last updated 10/10/2018 at Noon

“The rabbit died” is an expression that I assume is meaningless to most people, although maybe not you. It would probably not be meaningless to my mother, for example.

From the 1920s until the early 1960s, women who suspected they were pregnant supplied a urine sample to their doctor, which was injected into a rabbit. The hormone concentrated in pregnant humans will cause a rabbit’s ovaries to become deformed, thus indicating pregnancy.

Therefore, “the rabbit died” became a euphemism in an age when the word “pregnancy” was considered too racy for common conversation (and mov...

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