Quitting quits

I wanted to mark the passing of a meaning. The phrase ‘calling it quits’ seems no longer to mean ‘saying we’re now all square’ – for example, when you pay off a debt or make an exchange of goods. It now means ‘saying we’re finishing this’ – i.e. that we’re quitting something, usually a relationship.

An example from Mariella Frostrup, the Observer’s agony aunt: “It won’t necessarily be because of anyone’s infidelity – people split up over all kinds of things – and it may well be you that calls it quits.”

I can’t decide whether this is a sad passing or just one of those things – probably the latter – but anyway, I just thought I’d let you know that I’d noticed it.

Published in: on September 10, 2010 at 12:31  Leave a Comment  

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