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    Is the term "be at my beck and call" a derogatory term?

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    Default Re: Use of beck and call

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    Is the term "be at my beck and call" a derogatory term?
    To be at someone's beck and call means, to comply with any wish, request or command. "beck" is a hand gesture; it's used to call someone towards you. To my knowledge, "beck and call" is not derogatory, but to be at someone's beck and call has a positive and negative meaning.

    Examples
    Positive: If you don't feel well by tomorrow, call me. I am at your beck and call.
    => It's my choice to comply to your wishes, requests, commands.

    -My sister thinks she's the boss of me. She thinks I'm at her every beck and call.
    => It's not my choice to comply to my sister's wishes, requests, commands.

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