Assume a reporter is talking to the best player of just completed basketball game and ask him in the following manner:

Tell everyone out there what it feels like to be the next Lebron James.

Why did he use out there? Why would not say just tell everyone, without "out there". Is the point going to be changed in that case or what?

What I did first to understand that was looking for the phrasal verb tell sb out. Since I didn't find anything similar I decided to look for out there and found the following referece: clatz. Unfortunately it wasn't helpful too.

Maybe you can clarify that point?

It's also not clear where I'm supposed to use out there and where over there

  • You can take it like this: Tell everyone [who is] out there...
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 16:58
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    'everyone out there' = the audience, local or on radio/TV. It's become an over-used reporterism. Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 17:33
  • As Tetsujin said. Variant: everyone out there in TV-land. books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – TimR
    Commented Apr 12, 2015 at 22:37
  • @TRomano So the differnce between out there and over there is what? Out there is used inly for TV-reportism, huh? Commented Apr 13, 2015 at 5:02

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"out there" is farther and/or more indeterminate (uncertain) than "over there" (over there is ostensive, i.e. pointing in a particular direction)

"Everybody out there [in TV-land"] comprises a dispersed mass of people that the announcer cannot see—he has no idea how many they are, nor how widely they are dispersed; so they are not just "over there", they are everywhere (all around), near and far, but out of sight to the announcer. In other words, out there.

As to whether this applies only to TV announcers—no, a similar reasoning applies to, for instance, the search for intelligence in the rest of the universe:

  • "Is there anybody out there?.

    Or to a more down-to -earth situation such as a mom standing at her back door, after dark, and yelling:

  • "Hey, kids, are you out there?"

    She thinks they might be "out" in the back yard, and located at an indefinite "somewhere" but she cannot see them.


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