"Reached out to" doesn't drive me as crazy as some other media pop culture phrases. It's not as grammatically incorrect as some of the others. And it's not inaccurate--it does mean to try to make contact with someone or something, as in, "I reached out to take her hand." It's just less precise than saying, "I tried to contact her", or specifying the mode of contact, "I called her" or "I e-mailed her".
After a while, you hear these phrases used so often, they begin to sound normal.
The one that absolutely drives me nuts, and that I cannot adapt to, is when they say someone "went missing."
Every time I hear them say something like, "He went missing on Tuesday," it's like hearing fingernails scraping across a blackboard. How can anyone "go missing"? Is "missing" an activity you engage in, like going swimming?
What happened to, "He hasn't been seen or heard from since Tuesday," or, "He dropped out of sight on Tuesday,"? Or just, "He's been missing since Tuesday"? Who, and why, threw "went" into it? And why did everyone in the media adopt it?
If I ever stop posting here, don't anyone dare
post in the LOST & MISPLACED A2K people thread that, "Firefly went missing last month," unless you want me to haunt you to your grave.