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Why is "reach out" being overused lately?

Asked by Zissou (2546points) October 20th, 2017

Remember how the phrase “reach out” was used in that old Motown song by the Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”? It had an emotional resonance. But lately I’m hearing the phrase used all the time to describe any kind of contact in which the one being contacted is not expecting the contact and has something that the one initiating the contact wants. Have any of you noticed this, and have you got any guesses as to why this phrase is being used so much lately?

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zenvelo's avatar

I guess it just resonates with a lot of people!

CWOTUS's avatar

Bottom line, at the end of the day, it’s just more corporate buzz-speak that has crept into everyday language to replace actual, y’know, like, thought and composition and stuff. Film at eleven.

Going forward, I’m going to just say no. I have zero tolerance for buzz-speak.

And so on, and so forth.

Have a nice day.

cookieman's avatar

I really don’t like it. I annoyingly correct people who use it:

“So I reached out to Becky yesterday and…”

“You called her?”

“Uh, yeah…so she said it was okay. Then, later, Mario reached out to me on SnapChat and…”

“He sent you a message?”

“Yeah, yeah…Then I wanted to reach out to Maria…”

“You emailed her?”

Gah!! Be specific people.

canidmajor's avatar

Terms like “reach out”, “resonates” and other language variants may start out, to some minds, over-used, but personally I am delighted that language is fluid (objections to that term are noted) and interesting. Nuance allows for more creativity of thought, insistence on literal precision of word usage indicates a rigidity of perception.

Sorry, @cookieman, but unless you are in a situation where you absolutely need to know exactly what method of “reaching out” was used, your example of correcting someone’s word-usage seems to me just rude and arrogant,

Zissou's avatar

Overusing “reach out” is the opposite of using language in a nuanced way.

canidmajor's avatar

That was a general statement, @Zissou, referring to the fluidity of language, not “reach out” in particular.

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