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Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Drew
Date: January 06, 2019 04:48PM
As long as I've been around, we use the phrase "call in sick" when you call your workplace to say that you're not working today because you're sick. Suddenly, I'm seeing news reports about people "calling out sick". I live overseas so often feel out of touch with my native culture. Did I miss something? What phrase is used these days?
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 06, 2019 05:01PM
I too thought "out" was odd, never heard it stated like that until news articles this past week.

But I've heard of a "sick out", seems like some sort of weird merging of the phrases, and it got used in the original article and the rest just repeated it.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 06, 2019 05:03PM
I guess it's the difference between;
"I'm calling in because I'm stick"
vs
"I'm calling, because I'm out sick"

I've always used the phrase "Calling in sick"... because I'm calling in to work, to tell them I'm sick.



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 06, 2019 05:05PM
It was always "calling in sick" when I was growing up. Not sure when it became calling out sick. Might be a regional thing or it might be a generational thing.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 06, 2019 05:08PM
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wurm
it might be a generational thing.

"Texted in sick"
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: January 06, 2019 05:11PM
“I could care less...irregardless.”

The English language is dead, RIP.



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: January 06, 2019 05:16PM
I thought it was regional. I used to "call in sick" but now it's calling out.




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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: hal
Date: January 06, 2019 05:17PM
I have see "call out sick" ONLY in reference to news stories about TSA agents calling in sick instead of working without pay. I have never seen it used anywhere else - EVER.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/06/2019 05:17PM by hal.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: January 06, 2019 05:24PM
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Paul F.
I guess it's the difference between;
"I'm calling in because I'm stick"
vs
"I'm calling, because I'm out sick"

I've always used the phrase "Calling in sick"... because I'm calling in to work, to tell them I'm sick.

Right. You are "out sick" when you've "called in sick".



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: January 06, 2019 05:25PM
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hal
I have see "call out sick" ONLY in reference to news stories about TSA agents calling in sick instead of working without pay. I have never seen it used anywhere else - EVER.
Ditto.


Found this via Google:
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A woman in Hudson, New York, says her boyfriend, who grew up on Long Island, uses the expression call out sick, meaning “to phone an employer to say you’re not coming to work because you’re ill.” But she uses the phrase call in sick to mean the very same thing. To call out sick is much more common in the New York City area than other parts of the United States.
[www.waywordradio.org]



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: January 06, 2019 06:02PM
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$tevie
Found this via Google:
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A woman in Hudson, New York, says her boyfriend, who grew up on Long Island, uses the expression call out sick, meaning “to phone an employer to say you’re not coming to work because you’re ill.” But she uses the phrase call in sick to mean the very same thing. To call out sick is much more common in the New York City area than other parts of the United States.
[www.waywordradio.org]

Grew up in NY.

If anyone says "call out sick" on Long Island or in NYC, it's a very new phenomenon.

You call into work to let them know when you need a sick day.



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: January 06, 2019 06:17PM
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wurm
It was always "calling in sick" when I was growing up. Not sure when it became calling out sick. Might be a regional thing or it might be a generational thing.

The Millenials are changing several words and phrases: cut and dry, and cliché come to mind.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 06, 2019 06:21PM
Where I work now everyone says, so and so “called out sick.” It sounds weird to me.





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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 06, 2019 06:51PM
Ya bang in, dood.



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Drew
Date: January 06, 2019 06:52PM
"called out sick" doesn't make sense.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/06/2019 06:52PM by Drew.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 06, 2019 07:03PM
If you work from home, do you still have to call in?
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: testcase
Date: January 06, 2019 07:10PM
I guy I worked with had used up all his sick time so............

He called in dead.......... smiley-shocked003
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: hal
Date: January 06, 2019 07:10PM
In the hockey world, 'selling out' now has he exact same meaning as 'buying in' - it's weird.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: January 06, 2019 07:15PM
West coast US. As long as I can remember, I’ve always used the two interchangeably. I see the ‘logic’ of both. I’d assumed it was more a matter of workplace culture rather than regional or generational culture.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: January 06, 2019 08:20PM
Neither, I don't DO sick.

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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: January 06, 2019 09:11PM
Call Off...

(Because there is always another option).
I actually just send my boss an email that I'm working from home, because IT work can be done from anywhere there is internet.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: January 06, 2019 10:07PM
i grew up with calling in sick but here it’s simply "calling out" and it's used to cover a variety of situations. more often than not there is no pretense of illness. workers simply call out to say they aren't showing up as scheduled. damndest thing to me.



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: gabester
Date: January 06, 2019 11:11PM
I've heard "called in sick" and that someone was "out sick" but never that someone "called out sick" and think this may be a regional variation that was picked up and conflated with a "sick out" - a non-authorized pseudo-strike to protest working conditions.

All in all the politicization of being sick from work makes me feel rather ill...
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 07, 2019 01:24AM
Calling in— sick.

Calling— out sick.




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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: pinion
Date: January 07, 2019 09:24AM
I prefer my people just text me that they will be out.



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 07, 2019 09:49AM
.....call me, maybe......???



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: January 07, 2019 11:20AM
Hi everyone,

It's always been as Paul described it. People call in to tell their employer they'll be out sick. Anything else comes across as moronic. Maybe it's just another newfangled way for people to mangle our already skewed language.

Robert
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: January 07, 2019 12:36PM
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Drew
"called out sick" doesn't make sense.

I agree. I don't remember ever hearing that other than from this thread.

Before retirement, I would occasionally call in sick. Sometimes I would say: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!"

That never really got a laugh.



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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: January 07, 2019 04:20PM
"Not dead, but not working today, either; deal with it"

Otherwise $tevie's interpretation of Paul's analysis rings true.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: wolfcry911
Date: January 07, 2019 05:10PM
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mrbigstuff
Ya bang in, dood.

Ha! I call in to bang out.
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Re: Do you "call in sick" or "call out sick"?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 07, 2019 06:40PM
....I calls it.......likes I sees 'em........



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