Random Question

What is the derivation of RIP? Does it stem from a diehard tradition from back in the day when newspage space was at a premium and obituary typesetters were always looking to save a little time?

Maybe so, or maybe there’s a better reason but in this online day and age, why after a deceased’s name do people drop “RIP” into the headlines or taglines of otherwise considerate and thoughtful online eulogies without realizing how cheap and lazy and hard and cold it looks?

Just wondering.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."