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September 11th, 2004
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I ran out of bones and barely outran the hungry lion.
A little linguistic survey here, for my own curiousity, inspired by a conversation with drakegrey. Please finish the following sentence:

"Ugh! This flu is terrible, I'll have to ______ to work today."

Options are "Call in sick" and "Call out sick". Please also include your present location, and your formative-years area as well.

--Chiaroscuro

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From:kiarrh
Date:September 11th, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
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"call in sick."

Present location: Tampa, FL
Formative location: Tampa, FL
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From:whyrl
Date:September 11th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Who the heck says "call out sick"? I've never heard anyone say that.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:September 12th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC)
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Well, here's how this arose: At work, we have a 'Callout' line, and a sick day is listed by the 'COS' acronym, Called Out Sick. It makes linguistic sense brken up as calling (out, sick); instead of (calling in), sick.

I'm mostly curious if it's a regional thing, or just a this-workplace thing; So far, evidence is leaning towards the former. After nearly 4 years here, I can't say it as anything but "Call out sick.", and I don't remember what I said before.

--Chiaroscuro
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From:gafennec
Date:September 11th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Call in sick. 43. Georgia. Moved around a lot as a kid. Military Brat.
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From:murakozi
Date:September 11th, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC)
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It's always been 'call in sick' for me. Born in MD and lived all over, being an army brat. I always thought of the phrase as referring to calling into the office and telling them you'll not be there.
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From:paracoon
Date:September 11th, 2004 11:07 pm (UTC)
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"call in sick". Or, sometimes, just "call in".

Live in: Houston, TX
Grew up in: Stoughton, MA
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From:drakegrey
Date:September 12th, 2004 03:20 am (UTC)
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"Call in sick" or "call in to the office" is how I've always said it...

Currently reside in Los Angeles County, and was raised in same except for short periods where I lived in St. Louis and near (ugh) Fresno, CA.

Alternative expressions:

"Blow off work."
"Take a mental health day."
"Call in to work and tell them to kiss my horses' behind." (This last used rather infrequently...)

--Drake

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From:jennbirdie
Date:September 12th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
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Call in sick..because you're calling into work. :P

Currently live in Carson City, Nevada, and previously lived in Dayton, Nevada, Camarillo, CA, Long Beach, CA, Marlboro, MA

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From:moonfires
Date:September 12th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
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"still go to work because I can't afford the sick day which is really a vacation day which they'll use against me anyway no matter what to fire me if I don't show up"

Unemployed in New Jersey
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From:tuftears
Date:September 12th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Call in sick.

California, Silicon Valley all the way, baby.
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From:austin_dern
Date:September 14th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)
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I call in sick to describe the action of telling work I won't be in today1, though I called out sick when describing it to other parties. Current location Singapore; formative location central New Jersey.

1 When I need to. The great joy of an academic job is nobody knows where I'm supposed to be anyway except during class hours. Remind me again why grownups leave school?

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From:chefmongoose
Date:September 17th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)
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Hmmm. Interesting, and yes, wholly understandable. Thanks.

As for me, I left school because I ran out of money. Unlike you, i never got to the stage where school gave it to me, and not vice versa.

--Chiaroscuro
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