Out and out

6 Aug

Oops, there’s a repeated word. This is why proofreading is so important, even close to deadline. Something always slips through.

Oh, wait, hang on: there’s a link.

Oh, wait, hang on: it’s a thing.

And it appears that “going out out” is only the mid-price option in a range of three:

To clarify: going out, tout court, is the simple dinner with mates: “think shiny fabric, a feather trim or, to really nod to the late 90s moment, a sequin cami and pair of wedge sandals”. Going out out “involves some preparation, an acceptance that best laid plans may go awry and a look that is both committed to the party without being too sensible” (in other words “go for something long and shimmery à la Bottega Veneta and whack a long-sleeved T-shirt underneath if you’re planning to go three parties deep”.) Going out out out – the big one is “a night out that may well turn into a lost weekend”, for which you will need “sequins, but with a polo neck underneath, sparkles, but on a low heel, hemlines below the knee and, the stealth secret weapon, sleeves”. (Not to mention, as the article wisely reminds us, a coat.)

It’s going to stay in, but I’m hyphenating it. It just looks like a mistake otherwise.

And to think I almost deleted it. I really am starting to get too old for this.

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6 Responses to “Out and out”

  1. Ben August 6, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

    If you’re going to italicise one of the outs, it’s the first of the two/three isn’t it?
    There are also regional and national variants to consider – Yorkshire dialect for absolutely nothing is nowt-nowt, and French for “the whole lot” is of course tout-tout (as in “don’t mess with my ~” ).

    • edlatham August 6, 2019 at 11:56 pm #

      I find that the emphasis moves depending on how many outs (or nowts) there are (if you’re comparing two with three, say). But that may well be my idiosyncratic speaking style

  2. Picky August 7, 2019 at 11:13 am #

    “go for something long and shimmery à la Bottega Veneta and whack a long-sleeved T-shirt underneath if you’re planning to go three parties deep”. Yes, but do I wear a tie?

    I wish you wouldn’t do this sort of thing. I already find every third sentence in the Tribune must be written for someone three generations younger than me. I don’t even know what a straight thou crew would be.

    • edlatham August 7, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      I think the ‘straight thru crew’ are those who stay out all night and then go to work the next day having not slept! But I know exactly what you mean – I go through this sort of thing slower and more nervously than anything else. It’s simultaneously baffling but strangely enjoyable to edit – a whole new world.

      • Ben Thomas August 7, 2019 at 11:52 am #

        The straight thru crew are going out out, because that’s what’s in?

      • edlatham August 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

        Precisely! Ideally in Bottega Veneta

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