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    outed

    What does "outed" mean in the following context?

    It was only when I moved to London and made the decision to connect the most important parts of myself that my life completely opened up for me in ways I never ever imagined possible. I outed my creative side at my company and began to use my creative assets to expand my IT life.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: outed

    I revealed my creative side. I stopped hiding it.

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    #3

    Re: outed

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What does "outed" mean in the following context?

    It was only when I moved to London and made the decision to connect the most important parts of myself that my life completely opened up for me in ways I never ever imagined possible. I outed my creative side at my company and began to use my creative assets to expand my IT life.

    Thank you.
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    (1) I think that "I outed my creative side" means something like "I decided not to

    hide my creative side."

    (a) A male might be hesitant to be known as "creative," for in some cultures a

    "creative" male might be considered feminine or even gay.

    (2) In fact, here in the United States the verb "to out" is often -- not always --

    used to mean "to expose" someone as gay. The American media have agreed not to

    out gay motion picture stars. But sometimes he may be outed by someone

    who is angry with him. With the Internet and social media (of which I know no thing!),

    it is impossible to keep certain secrets.

    (3) Sometimes "to out" is not so serious. For example, a 16-year-old boy may really

    like the pop music of the 1960's, but he doesn't want his friends to know because they

    would tease him. I guess young people like something called rap music. So if a 16-

    year-old dude were outed as a fan of "Angel Baby" (my favorite song of the 1960's),

    his friends might they he was weird!

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    #4

    Re: outed

    "To out" means the same in just about every context I can think of - "to reveal". It can also be used in the passive "to be outed".

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    #5

    Re: outed

    It's a big help.

    Thank you all.

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