What does "give me a minute" mean to you?
"Hang on I want to pay attention but I can't right now I have [X] things _that I remember_ and I need to do at least 3 of them RIGHT NOW and yes that is my constant state and yes I will eventually have your thing in my 6 things I'm doing right now but oh crap sorry something broke talk soon"
@Juju I chose "something else" so to elaborate, I use it to mean "I'm busy right now but will tell you when I'm not, which should be soon" lol
@Juju from me, it means 'stop talking and let me put down what I was working on and process the request; if that looks like it'll take more than five minutes i'll get back to you with a better eta'.
@Juju it's literally something I say almost exclusively when i'm overwhelmed and cannot process in order to move forward unless the other party stops talking, at which point i tend to say it on repeat until they actually stop.
@Juju Literally it means 60 seconds. In real life I would estimate between 30 seconds and 3 minutes, depending on who said it.
For at least one person I knew, I'd allow a minimum of two hours.
@Juju A short time to finish what you're doing. Preferably it'd be under 60s, but shit happens, and travelling exists.
If someone says "Leaving in a minute" they pretty much mean "I sent this, got out of my chair, and am now putting shoes on and leaving the house"
@Juju "let me wrap up whatever I'm currently doing. It shouldn't take more than a minute or two, but I'll get to you when I can"
How I read it:
"Please be patient, I'll be ready shortly and there probably isn't enough time for you to get involved in a big task...."
Time is subjective unless you're actually watching the clock, and that's considered rude.
@Juju it's something like "I will be able to attend to this in the immediate future, whenever my brain manages to close its current loop to a sufficient degree".
@Juju yeah to me this means "i'm trying to downgrade this from a synchronous interaction to an asynchronous interaction"
@Juju it's contextual
"Give me a minute to get dressed" is different than "I'm coming, just give me a minute"
@Juju I'm wondering if there is an age correlation here since more modern slang (I.e. "It's been a minute") seems to have a looser idea of what a minute means.
@Juju I'd say depends on context? Sometimes I use it with the intention of "60 seconds or less" but other times I mean it more generally. If someone says it to me in the wild I usually assume they mean longer than a minute though
@Juju "My intentions are good, but I'll sadly genuinely forget whatever I promised to you to do after that hypothetical minute."
@Juju honestly? everywhere from moments to years. see: “i haven’t seen you in a minute” meaning years, and “that’ll take me a sec” meaning a few weeks. it’s very contextual and vulnerable to sarcasm 🤷♀️
@Juju "I need a minute to finish this. Then, I'll come over to you. (Probably this will take less than five minutes.)"
@Juju "i have no idea how long it will take me. it is very likely short enough that i'm not willing to tell you to leave and come back/i will catch up with you later"
@Juju i think if its going to be five ‘give me five to wrap up’ is preferable but 0-3 are is acceptable variance for ‘gimme a minute’
@Juju I’m trying to finish something, I expect it to be done soon (2minutes-15min). Don’t bother me again please, I’ll poke you when I’m done.
@Juju answered 5 though I think it’s contextualish for me. If it’s something really time-related then I’d say “a couple min” to mean less than 5.
@Juju Typically I use it to mean "I need to finish this task I'm currently performing" so it's often a range of time between 1 and 10 minutes for me
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