Does the term 'out' -- the common one-word corruption of the phrase 'out of the closet' -- require quotation marks in context? For example,
The plaintiff was not yet out to her grandmother.Over here, we are all agreed that quotes are not needed when using the whole phrase 'out of the closet' in context, nor are they needed when using the verb phrase 'to come out'. The one-word term, though, has us bitterly divided.
The plaintiff was not yet "out" to her grandmother.