Due to the pandemic, many daily standup meetings were converted into video calls but it is not always possible to be available on the call all the time, sometimes we have to get away from the call for a short period of time without leaving a call and it is always hard to explain this each and every time. Is there anything standard sentence/acronym for that?

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    What would you do in your language?
    – James K
    Feb 26, 2022 at 16:24
  • Will you be able to understand hindi? Feb 26, 2022 at 16:26
  • Try Hindi, if you can also provide a rough translation that would be great.
    – James K
    Feb 26, 2022 at 16:28
  • 'Abhi atta hun' rough translation 'I'll be back in no time'. Feb 26, 2022 at 16:32
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    "I'm just going for a pee break" might be a bit too much information for many online business meeting contexts. So I suggest you just say "Would you excuse me for a moment?" Feb 26, 2022 at 18:49

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A common way in more informal contexts to signify you'll return shortly is to use the acronym BRB: Be Right Back.

Another one is AFK: Away From Keyboard. This is often used when input is required or desired.

The first acronym emphasizes the shortness of the time of the user's absence, whereas the second lets others know the user cannot interact with the digital/virtual environment.

  • These could work in a gamer chat. May not be appropriate in a business meeting.
    – James K
    Feb 26, 2022 at 16:23
  • @JamesK Fair point. I think these have already spread sufficiently outside of gaming context, but they might indeed not be suitable for (most) business meetings.
    – Joachim
    Feb 26, 2022 at 16:26
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    I see AFK as a status at work very regularly.
    – stangdon
    Feb 26, 2022 at 16:50

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