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Do You Call In Sick or Call Out Sick?

A Vermont listener says that if she has to be absent from work due to illness, she would call in sick. Her twenty-something daughters, however, use the phrase call out sick. Is this a generational difference, or a regional one, and is one more...

Call Out Sick vs. Call In Sick

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...

Sick Abed on Two Chairs

“Sick abed on two chairs” is an idiom that can describe being sick but working anyway. It can also refer to the idea of being sick and going between two chairs: the dinner table chair, and the porcelain chair in the bathroom. This is...

Unfitney

Unfitney  n.— «Britney Spears—or as the media likes to call her “Unfitney”—missed her court-ordered deposition yesterday morning because of a general medical illness but was cruising around until 2am last night.» —“Britney...

Sick Bags

Sick Bags  n.— «From a distance, Six Flags towers above the forest like the skeletal remains of a long-dead civilisation—aficionados refer to it as Sick Bags, in gruesome acknowledgment of the franchise’s reputation as the Kingdom of...