I'm buried under a sobbing carpet, and all of a sudden even death and dying rank right down there with plastic flowers on video as a non-event.

Source: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

What is it, "dying rank" ?

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    It's not dying rank -- it's [death and dying] [rank right down there]. Rank is the verb. Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 15:21
  • Even with your help I still struggle to understand the meaning of this sentence. "right down there" - Does it mean, death and dying have a little importance? Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 15:49
  • I have no idea; I'd have to read the book up to that point to discover the contextual significance (and for the character the existential significance) of buried under a sobbing carpet and plastic flowers on video. Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 16:13
  • This thing ranks right up there with the wheel as the greatest invention of all time. That thing ranks right down there with shoe umbrellas and the USB pet rock as a dumb invention.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 16:36
  • @ColleenV: I don't know how many USB pet rocks have been sold, but they're on eBay for $19.99 (reduced from $39.98, would you believe!). Apparently the guy who came out with the original (which could perhaps now be marketed as a Wi-fi pet rock) became a millionaire. Not that dumb! Commented Jul 17, 2016 at 18:13

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"Rank" is the verb. "Rank right down there with ... " means "count no more than... ", or "are no more important than... ".


When things are "ranked" they are given an order

rank order

sometimes this can be from most important to least important.

The passage is saying

death and dying rank ... as a nonevent
death and dying are no longer important (a nonevent)

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