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I’ll let you go

I’ve mentioned before how I hate the expression “I’ll let you go”. It just tells me in the most thinly-veiled way that the person talking to me is sick of me, and has more important things to do.

Last week I overheard a work colleague who had evidently rung someone he didn’t want to talk to as much as the person wanted to talk to him. He said “I’ll let you go” about four times before the conversation finally ended.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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7 replies on “I’ll let you go”

I use the old classic… “Annnnnnnyway…”

Mind you, I only say the “I’ll let you go” thing to family. Can’t figure out why that is.

Hmm. I didn’t know that “I’ll let you go” has such a negative connotation to it. All though, I usually say “Gotta go” when I end a conversation and almost never “I’ll let you go”.

For the really annoying face to face conversations I like to back away and say “It might look like I’m shrinking, but I’m actually walking away”

“I’ll (or “I Should”) let you go” works well when needing to end a phone conversation with a member of the opposite sex. Run out of witty things to say? “I Should Let You Go,” makes them feel better because there’s no need for them to be rude by telling you to rack off. Plus you’ve saved your own arse from further discomfort, if not salvaging a little pride.

Oh dear…. I use that saying! And only when it’s really because I’m bored or I want to go….. yikes!

Caught myself twice today going to use it and did manage to get out something a little more honest the second time. The first time I just let them keep talking but I wasn’t really listening; just thinking about how I’d almost said it!!!


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