Today I received this e-mail; names and organizations have been removed to protect those about to be berated.
My name is ( ... ) and I am emailing you on behalf of ( ... ). I wanted to reach out and give you an opportunity to participate in our first annual Oktoberfest fundraiser to be held ...
Pay attention, world, and observe these words carefully:
I wanted to reach out ...
That's what I thought you wrote. Note that THE CURMUDGEON HATES THIS CONTEMPTIBLE, LAZY, TRENDY USAGE!
You can request, ask, demand, beg, implore or connive, and there's a good chance I will finish reading your words or listening to you speak. But, henceforth, any solicitation I receive that bears any trace of this lingustic "reach out" repugnance will be unceremoniously trashed.
You have been warned. Carry on.