We need to table this decision!

Meeting room stencil graffiti

Meeting room stencil graffiti (Photo credit: clagnut)


On a conference call last week, someone said, “Let’s table the meeting” because someone that was important for the meeting hadn’t shown up . The attendees were Italian and American.
The chair was not sure if we could have the meeting without that person so we  considered postponing the meeting.


What I discovered in the meantime is that the meanings for Americans and Brits seem to be different.


US meaning -agreement to postpone any or any further discussion of that issue;

UK meaning – to put it to vote, or briefly express your opinion after which a decision will be made.