This is probably one of those questions with no correct answer, but is there a difference between “from here on in” and “from here on out”?
I was listening to The Killers’ CD, Battle Born, and a favorite track is “From Here on Out.” The chorus begins, “From here on out / Friends are gonna be hard to come by / Left us wondering what it all was about / You had it easy man, you chose the hard way.”
I realized that I tend to say “From here on in.” But I’m from the east coast, and The Killers are from the West (Nevada, to be exact). So, is this a regionalism?
Looking at this literally, I can see a difference when describing, say, the physical presence of something. Let’s say you have a circle with a midpoint. There’s a point on the circumference. “From here on in” means from that point into the center. “From here on out” means from that point out beyond the circle. But the phrase usually means, I think, “From this point on,” so does it make sense to use one or the other? The more I think about this, the more I like “from here on out,” as that seems to better imply the future.
This is exactly the type of question Miss Prim would ask, methinks.