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Calling people out?!?!

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SmiledWithTheRisingSun Thu 02-Nov-17 09:48:50

Whoever the fuck ca^m^e up with this phrase and why is it suddenly EVERYWHERE?? It makes me cringe. And cross 😡😤 JUST STOP IT WILL YOU?!?! !

(And breathe 😁)

Namechangetempissue Thu 02-Nov-17 09:50:35

Yanbu. I can't get wound up about it, but I do think it makes no sense at all.

ALittleBitOfButter Thu 02-Nov-17 09:54:16

Yanbu. It's the catch cry of identity politics. I see it said and withdraw quietly away from the crazed cultist speaking it. Also cf self proclaimed "intersectional feminists".

CherryChasingDotMuncher Thu 02-Nov-17 09:59:07

YANBU. This, and ‘self crit’ can fuck right off

Seeline Thu 02-Nov-17 10:00:30

YANBU it really annoys me too. It means nothing. What is wrong with challenging someone, or querying, or just asking about? confused

Seeline Thu 02-Nov-17 10:01:45

..... And I don't know where the gin came from blush

BernardBlacksHangover Thu 02-Nov-17 10:03:46

I use it sometimes. "I called him on it", "I called someone out on...". Isn't it a poker reference? Meh.

thecatneuterer Thu 02-Nov-17 10:05:11

Until this week it's something I have only heard/seen on MN. I don't know when it arrived in the language and I absolutely loathe it. Then this week I heard John Humphrey say it on the Radio 4 Today programme and my world was shattered grin

thecatneuterer Thu 02-Nov-17 10:06:36

Really is it a poker reference? I tried to do some research on it's provenance a few months ago but didn't come up with much.

BernardBlacksHangover Thu 02-Nov-17 10:06:54

Ah come on, if it's on radio 4, surely it's an accepted phrase now?

AliPfefferman Thu 02-Nov-17 10:09:47

I’m American and this has been in our lexicon for as long as I can remember. Certainly “calling someone” in bad behavior is quite accepted, although “calling out” is a bit more casual/slang. It sounds normal to me so from where I sit YABU.

AliPfefferman Thu 02-Nov-17 10:10:53

But don’t get me started on people who say “myself” instead of “me”! I think they think it sounds more formal or more intelligent, but I think it sounds ridiculous.

thecatneuterer Thu 02-Nov-17 10:13:41

Although it doesn't irk me as much as 'reaching out to' instead of contacting (which I head a company spokesperson, who was British, say on Radio 4 too this week - it's been a bad week for a sensitive Radio 4 listener)

BernardBlacksHangover Thu 02-Nov-17 10:13:52

But don’t get me started on people who say “myself” instead of “me”! I think they think it sounds more formal or more intelligent, but I think it sounds ridiculous

Oh now you've opened a can of worms! It's not always people who "think they sound more formal or intelligent". If they're Irish (and possibly from other cultures but I don't know) it is used because it is a direct translation from the original Irish.

So nerr wink!

MorrisZapp Thu 02-Nov-17 10:16:44

Calling out is a ghastly phrase. I prefer 'mentioning it'.

ReanimatedSGB Thu 02-Nov-17 10:19:05

Too many stupid people do it to show off and virtue-signal. Often a quiet word would have sorted whatever the problem was but, oh no, you had to have a big tanty on social media and drag everyone else into it, and now you've blown two professional contracts and made several previous friends think you're an idiot.

(Yes, I am thinking of someone I know who got all puffed up about 'calling [company] out' when she'd actually misunderstood what they were doing in the first place. Several organisations will now never work with her again...)

Zaphodsotherhead Thu 02-Nov-17 10:20:27

I cringe at 'going forward'. We're going to do this 'going forward'. Do you possibly mean 'in the future'? WELL, SAY THAT THEN!

BernardBlacksHangover Thu 02-Nov-17 10:21:00

Yes, I am thinking of someone I know who got all puffed up about 'calling [company] out' when she'd actually misunderstood what they were doing in the first place

Well that person made a dick of themselves, (but I don't really think the phrase itself is what made them look a dick tbh)!

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Thu 02-Nov-17 10:24:21

YANBU, 'calling someone out' is a ridiculous phrase and it makes me cringe everytime I read it here. MN is some kind of trailing behind pit-stop for the latest daft memes and phrases and then they're overused all over the board.

SilverSpot Thu 02-Nov-17 10:24:29

But don’t get me started on people who say “myself” instead of “me”! I think they think it sounds more formal or more intelligent, but I think it sounds ridiculous

Yes yes yes!

"Silver and myself will be attending the meeting"

Fuck. Off.

wasonthelist Thu 02-Nov-17 10:25:24

YANBU

Pannnn Thu 02-Nov-17 10:26:01

And hurricanes arrive in the country.

BBC- they DO NOT make landfall. In the US or reporting on a US hurricane fine. Storms "arrive" or make themselves felt here.

So multiple fuck offs with your self conscious yankee shit.

Thank you.

Fekko Thu 02-Nov-17 10:26:15

'At this moment in time...'
Arghhhhhhhh!

UserThenLotsOfNumbers Thu 02-Nov-17 10:26:20

I’m sure I first started hearing this on TV at some point, but can’t put my finger on when.

oklookingahead Thu 02-Nov-17 10:27:24

Does it mean you are like an umpire or referee saying 'right you're out'? So it is not quite the same as 'challenging' someone, because it carries a presumption that you are right and are also that you are the arbiter. I agree it is quite an annoying phrase!

On the other hand, language changes....some of the new phrases I quite like (can't think of them at the moment, can only think of other annoying candidates)

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