Why acting "out"?
November 8, 2005 9:54 AM Subscribe
Acting up vs. acting out.
posted by Rash to writing & language (12 answers total)
Prompted by this unrelated question
, I'm wondering -- why do they say Acting "Out"?
was how the old ladies teaching my first school characterized my misbehavior. Nowadays, I only hear about acting out
(and the preposition grates on my ears, like queued New Yorkers standing "on" line). The brief wiki entry
for "acting out" says the expression's related to addiction issues; is any other usage correct?