Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 17:13:20 PDT From: Duane Campbell Subject: Re: out-of-pocket --- On Thu, 9 May 1996 16:10:35 -0600 "Gregory J. Pulliam" wrote: >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," Here in Pennsylvania I can think of three different ways out-of-pocket is used, none of which (is? are?) the same as your father's. 1. A casual expense. If you run a business, most payments are made by check from an invoice, but there are always small out-of-pocket expenses. 2. An expense you pay for which you expect to be reimbursed. If you run an errand for someone, you'd be reimbursed for your out-of-pocket expenses. 3. As an adjective modifying a person, meaning he got stuck. He may have expected to get reimbursed, but he ended up out-of-pocket. RE: my confusion with "none" above. What is the proper verb form for a subject that is neither singular nor plural? Singular means one. Plural means more than one. "None" is neither. Does usage vary from region to region? ------------------------------------- Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] In the beginning the Earth was without form and void. Why didn't they leave well enough alone?