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    Default Is "Hang on" a rude word.Is this the right word to use to pause someone in meetings?

    Dear Experts

    I have seen few people in my team using the word "Hang on" very frequently during discussions/debates. I would like to know if this is the right word to use while talking to colleagues in professional meetings. Somehow this word sounds a bit rude to me. Please correct me.

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    Default Re: Is "Hang on" a rude word.Is this the right word to use to pause someone in meetin

    Quote Originally Posted by phani333 View Post
    Dear Experts

    I have seen a few people in my team using the word phrase (or 'words') "Hang on" very frequently during discussions/debates. I would like to know if this is the right word to use while talking to colleagues in professional meetings. Somehow this word sounds a bit rude to me. Please correct me.

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    Phani Akella
    What are they using the phrase to mean? I can think of two possible uses, one ruder than the other, but both better avoided in professional discussions. Colloquially, it's usually OK.

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    Default Re: Is "Hang on" a rude word.Is this the right word to use to pause someone in meetin

    Are they using it to get an opportunity to speak or to disagree? I wouldn't use it formally, but I would use it with most colleagues for the former, but not the latter.

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    Default Re: Is "Hang on" a rude word.Is this the right word to use to pause someone in meetin

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Are they using it to get an opportunity to speak or to disagree? I wouldn't use it formally, but I would use it with most colleagues for the former, but not the latter.
    I was thinking also of the usage which occurs when a person forgets something, or needs a moment to reflect, etc.
    "I have the figures here. Hang on, they're in my briefcase."
    That is not rude, while the "hang on" that interrupts someone else usually is. I still wouldn't use "hang on" professionally. Better would be "One moment", "One second", "Excuse me", or even "Just a sec.".

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