Function: noun 1 : a brief usually outdoor pleasure trip 2 : an athletic competition or race; also : an appearance therein 3 : a usually public presentation or appearance (as in a particular role) 4 : the public disclosure of the covert homosexuality of a prominent person especially by homosexual activistsPer Wikepedia:
While outing often refers to an outdoor excursion, in the late twentieth century the term acquired an additional meaning: taking someone "out of the closet" - that is, publicising that someone is gay.Not knowing the subtle meaning of this word, I created a new email handle and announced it to some of my friends. First my husband gave me a weird look, then people stopped replying to my emails. I have no closet to jump out of, no stone to turn over, just a foot in the mouth and a big mess with my emails. I used to think baby shower had something to do with washing a baby, and driving in a carpool may involve getting your car wet. America, just as I thought I could fool everyone but myself, you prove to me that, after all, I'm still a stranger here.