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]ra.msstate.edu)