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To be irritated by the term "reaching out"?

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PageStillNotFound404 Fri 23-Sep-16 08:02:04

When what is meant is "contacting"?

I recently left a comment on a company's FB page with some suggestions as to how they could improve their service. A company rep has now replied and their response starts "Hi Page, thanks for reaching out to us..."

I didn't reach out to you! I contacted you. The only time I "reach out" is to grab something that's arm's length away. I'm not a needy supplicant approaching you with my arms stretched out.

It's not the first time I've seen this used, so AIBU to dislike the creeping replacement of a perfectly serviceable, no-nonsense word like "contacting" with this wank?

(And yes, before anyone wonders, obviously this is all I have to worry about; all wars are over, famine has been eradicated, we're all wonderfully equal and tolerant, free unicorns all round and so now I can get onto worrying about the really important stuff wink )

LillyBugg Fri 23-Sep-16 08:05:10

It's an American thing.

TheNaze73 Fri 23-Sep-16 08:06:40

It grinds my gears

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 23-Sep-16 08:07:39

I loathe it.

Only1scoop Fri 23-Sep-16 08:08:30

"I'll be there"
It's knobby ugh

peppatax Fri 23-Sep-16 08:09:41

'We need to get this over the line' shudders

workshyfop Fri 23-Sep-16 08:11:19


ZeroDarkHurty Fri 23-Sep-16 08:13:22

Yes!!! I rant at dh about this regularly. In House of Cards (and so many other TV shows) no one ever talks to, speaks with or discusses anything with anyone; they 'reach out' to them. Drives me crazy. Sounds so grope-y.

RhiWrites Fri 23-Sep-16 08:14:14

Yes I too prefer my interactions to have a Latinate root word that means the exact same thing. grin

Revenant Fri 23-Sep-16 08:14:42

It's only a good phrase when used by Tony Soprano.

helzapoppin2 Fri 23-Sep-16 08:15:26

I hate it! It sounds soppy and emotional and the simple words "talk", "speak" or "contact" would do instead. It makes me want to throw my toys out of the pram!

ParadiseCity Fri 23-Sep-16 08:16:31

I hate it too. I also hate utilize. WTF is wrong with saying 'use'? It makes you sound like a wanker intent on just using the biggest word possible regardless of the fact it is a shit word.

myfavouritecolourispurple Fri 23-Sep-16 08:17:08

Definitely not U OP. I hate it too. But it's sadly cool at the moment. Everyone uses it at work. Yuck.

And what's with this penchant for "excited for" something. It's excited about.

You may be excited for someONE - eg they are doing something exciting, but always excited about someTHING.

Crunchymum Fri 23-Sep-16 08:17:55

I work for an American company (head office in NY) and this is something that I read and say in much email correspondence.

Hate it, it's so wanky but it's how they do thangs.

RusholmeRuffian Fri 23-Sep-16 08:19:14

This is above my desk

Only1scoop Fri 23-Sep-16 08:20:20

Rush grin

Yourface Fri 23-Sep-16 08:21:38

It's a phrase that needs to be stopped, going forward.

Truckingalong Fri 23-Sep-16 08:22:43

Loathe it. Refuse to say it at work and make a point of saying contact if someone uses it.

PageStillNotFound404 Fri 23-Sep-16 08:23:02

RusholmeRuffian, I'm stealing that! grin

Truckingalong Fri 23-Sep-16 08:23:44

Rush I think I would like you in work!

PageStillNotFound404 Fri 23-Sep-16 08:24:37

If we manage to stop it Yourface, will that be a quick win? I prefer to target the low-hanging fruit?

PageStillNotFound404 Fri 23-Sep-16 08:25:34

Ignore the rogue question mark there, I want trying to upspeak. Don't get me started on upspeak? Okay?

bibbitybobbityyhat Fri 23-Sep-16 08:25:48

Yanbu. It makes me cringe and seethe in equal measure!

Someone recently "reached out" to the tradesman I do admin for, to come and look at her boiler. We laughed for days over that one.

PageStillNotFound404 Fri 23-Sep-16 08:26:15

wasn't you fucking Apple piece of shit angry

ProfessorPreciseaBug Fri 23-Sep-16 08:26:30

Reach out
Work with
Share with you

Hate them all....

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