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I have a question….

31st May 2010

When did ‘out of pocket’ come to mean ‘out of touch’ or incommunicado?

3 Responses to “I have a question….”

  1. lowly Says:

    Somehow over the past half year or so, “out of pocket” has become a new business catchphrase meaning “unreachable, out of communication”, which is incorrect. via urban dictionary

    Lol, I’m finding myself looking things up as I’m reading this blog of late. “Boffins”, “condign”, and now “out of pocket”. Reminiscent of when I was learning English and used to keep a dictionary handy at all times. It’s easier with computers and the WWW these days, but not as satisfying.

  2. Tim of Angle Says:

    The problem with that is, that a lot of the people you read on the web would profit from the same practice – their knowledge of English isn’t all that impressive. I am perennially appalled by people (who are evidently being paid to write) making errors that would have gotten them a ruler across the knuckles from Sister Mary Joseph in the fifth grade back when I was but a lad.

  3. Rufus Davenport Says:

    Short answer: nobody knows.

    Long answer: http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20010522