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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 02:01 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 03:17 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 02:52 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 03:34 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 04:44 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 07:07 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:jennbirdie
Date:September 12th, 2004 12:25 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 02:09 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 02:56 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 06:35 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 12:46 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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