Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 17:45:59 +0000 From: Grant Barrett Subject: RE>out-of-pocket I'm also from Missouri, and I find "out of pocket" generally means "unpla= nned" and is most often used in referring to money. "Unplanned" or "unexp= ected" work in a general way in both your parents' uses, I think, though = not as direct synonyms for "out of pocket".=20 Your parents might say "I'm sorry we couldn't be there because we were in= an unexpected place". Your friend might say "Those additional charges ar= e for unexpected costs". Unfortunately, I get the idea that "out of pocket" is one of those terms = that has been used in one way so long that it will in the end only be use= d to describe unexpected or unplanned expenses.=20 -------------------------------------- Date: 5/9/96 5:31 PM To: Grant Barrett From: Gregory J. Pulliam My father from Hannibal, Missouri tells me of a dispute he's involved in regarding the term out-of-pocket. He and my mother, who's from Omaha, NE= , use the term to mean "not being where one is supposed to be," as in "I'm sorry we couldn't be there but we were out-of-pocket." A friend of his uses the term to mean "out-of money." My wife and I use the term to mean "unexpected and immediate cash" expenses. Does anybody have any dialect region inoformation about these terms, or other supporting or diverging uses? Greg Pulliam gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago