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    Reach out

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    Am I alone in wanting to scream whenever I see "reach out" used in the sense of "contact"?

    I've just read the following quotation from an American athlete on the BBC website:
    I really want to reach out to all the people who reached out to me, to reach out to Usada.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/33308434

    Perhaps I'm just in need of a holiday ...
    Verfasser Spike BE (535528) 29 Jun. 15, 15:31
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    Perhaps I'm just in need of a holiday ...

    Then you should reach out to a travel agent ... :)
    #1Verfasser Dixie (426973) 29 Jun. 15, 15:36
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    It's" normal" AE speak; a bit of hyperbole, but then, AE tends to love hyperbole. I forget which telephone company (Verizon, maybe?) used to have the slogan "reach out and touch someone."

    Edith says it was AT&T. :-)
    #2Verfasser dude (253248) 29 Jun. 15, 15:36
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    I remember being told by an expository writing teacher in the 1960s that I should avoid using "contact" as a verb.

    But even as early as 1966 Wilson Follett, an established usage guru at the time, wrote: "Persons old enough to have been repelled by the verb contact may as well make up their minds that there is no way to arrest or reverse the tide of its popularity."

    I believe the alternative they had in mind was to make contact with. Certainly not to reach out to. Little did they know what was in store for them ...
    #3Verfasser ion1122 (443218) 30 Jun. 15, 23:45
     
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