What’s the meaning of “He’s become a vegetable”?

This is an offensive term used to describe people who have been declared brain dead by doctors. Sometimes after a serious accident, the only thing that a victim can do on his own is breathe. The person cannot think, speak or move. A person who slips into a coma is said to be a vegetable. Other than the breathing, there are no indications that the individual is alive.

Here is an example. *The young boy has been a vegetable for the past six months. An individual who leads a very boring, monotonous existence can also be said to lead the life of a vegetable.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, May 10, 2004

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2 thoughts on “What’s the meaning of “He’s become a vegetable”?

  1. Hi

    I am really eager to learn good english…
    I started to read KYE.

    Sometimes i face problem in translating some simple sentences. Can u help me out.

    Plz reply me on my ID.

    Regards

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