Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 10:27:04 -0500

From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU

Subject: Re: out-of-pocket

Like Natalie, I also "feel" that I've heard this all my life, but never

in collocations with people, only re. expenses.

I didn't mean to include the re expenses meaning when I said I felt that

I'd known it all my life. I meant only in the sense of "I tried to find

John, but he seems to be out-of-pocket." I am pretty sure that I knew

that meaning long before I ever heard about "out-of-pocket expenses."

That, of course, may say nothing about which one was around first. I

wasn't as likely to be thinking about out-of-pocket expenses as a

child or teenager as I was about whether John might be out-of-pocket

when I was looking for him.

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]