I sent a message on Messenger to the wrong person, and I wanted to explain that the message was sent by mistake.

I figured I could just say "ooops I sent that by accident". but I wonder if there are other ways of saying this.

  • "I didn't mean to send that to you"
    – Esther
    May 4, 2022 at 16:58
  • Amazingly, I can't find any dictionary support for the (admittedly, somewhat affected) usage Belay [previous communication or instruction]. But [here]() are some written instances in Google Books from which it's obvious the intended meaning is belay = ignore [something said / written earlier]. But I personally have sent "belay previous email" many times over the years, and I'd like to think the intended meaning would always have been understood. May 4, 2022 at 17:20
  • Oops - belay reference to Google Books above (forgot to include the actual link! :) But here are many written instances of Belay that command [which was erroneous, and should be ignored]. May 4, 2022 at 17:30
  • "Please ignore the message I just sent you" "Please ignore the message which I just sent you by mistake" May 4, 2022 at 17:35
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    @gotube: I usually look at M-W first too (OED is a bit more roundabout, because I have to actually log in to access it). I can only imagine I missed that second definition (with STOP, CANCEL in capitals, no less! :) because sometimes my eyes are a bit funny, and if I'm using the "page zoom" feature in my browser, I don't see that line unless I scroll down. But I certainly don't see that definition explicitly in the OED. Probably on a ship, "Belay that message" would be addressed to the radio man, and would indeed mean "Don't send it". But obviously that's nonsense in an SMS text context. May 7, 2022 at 11:28

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There's many ways to accomplish this, and your choice would depend on how familiar you are with this person.

For a close friend, you might say, "Sorry, wrong person."

In a more formal situation, you might say, "Sorry, that message was intended for someone else, please disregard."

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