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Table or table?

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Here’s some advice for UK business people who want to table a brilliant proposition in the US: don’t table it.

If you table something in America you are postponing it until a later time. For example:

Let’s table that suggestion for six months.

In the UK, to table means to put something forward for consideration or discussion.

So if you’re an American who’s keen to have an issue sidelined on this side of the pond, don’t table it.

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  1. So I suppose you could table an idea because it’s a moot point or, on the other hand, table it because it’s a moot point?

    Michael Farrell

    12/03/2010 at 4:16 pm

    • Is that a moot point? If so, we’ll table it.

      Deborah

      12/03/2010 at 4:22 pm


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