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    take out vs take off

    Hi,

    What's the difference between: Taking my earring out and taking my earring off


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    Re: take out vs take off

    You would take it out if you've had your ears pierced and it goes through your ear.

    If it's clipped onto your unpierced ear you'd take it off.

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    Re: take out vs take off

    As a person of the female variety who also has pierced ears, I can confirm that I always say "I need to take my earrings off" even though I have pierced ears. I don't know why. My friends who have pierced noses, belly buttons or certain other, more delicate parts of their anatomy always say "I need to take my xxxx-ring out" but for some reason, my friends and I always say "to take off" when referring to earrings.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: take out vs take off


    I know what 'xxxx' stands for here. However, as you know that there are five letters in that word. Shouldn’t we stick to that five letters when we replace them with x? Also, why do we avoid using asterisks here?


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    Re: take out vs take off

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I know what 'xxxx' stands for here. However, as you know that there are five letters in that word.
    Well, you do have a vivid imagination. The xxxx stands for 'nose, navel, or part of the body you happen to have ring through'.

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    Re: take out vs take off

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    I know what 'xxxx' stands for here. However, as you know that there are five letters in that word.
    Male or female? Polite or slang?

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    Re: take out vs take off

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Male or female? Polite or slang?
    Both.
    Male = Polite
    Female = Slang

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    Re: take out vs take off

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Both.
    Male = Polite
    Female = Slang
    Now I am intrigued.

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    Re: take out vs take off

    I meant:

    male- polite or slang
    female- polite or slang

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    Re: take out vs take off

    I have no idea what OD thought those X's stood for.

    But I hope you now understand that they were just placeholders for whatever piercing was being referred to, as 5jj said.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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