‘Out West’ Is Out Of Date

Saying that something’s going on “out west,” “down south,” “up north” or “back east” can make it sound as if we’re peering at the rest of the nation like astronomers, rather than covering the news from where it’s happening. It can also make it seem as if we’re talking about “other” people or places.

Be more specific. Include names of the affected states or regions and avoid words such as “out” or “up” that suggest to the audience that we’re reporting from a fixed point in the mid-Atlantic states.

It remains OK to say that Korva’s dancing is out of this world.

(“Memmos;” Sept. 6, 2017)

September 6, 2017

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