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We must declare a moratorium on the use of the phrase "reach out" when what is meant is "talk," "contact," or "communicate."
There are plenty of words and phrases that are actual synonyms, so this one will not be missed.
What will also not be missed is the vaguely self-congratulatory air that it conveys, as if establishing contact were some heroic act. Inflating the initial stage out of all proportion also buries the lead, as the next information conveyed is usually the result of the contact in question. Come to the point quickly and spare readers/listeners a window into the mechanics.
We also recommend the Lake Superior State University Banished Words List Facebook Page and the website where you may submit your own nominees for banishment!
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