Why say “I'm on annual leave”? blog discussion



  • seven-day-weekendseven-day-weekend Forumite
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    I always just used to say I was on leave.
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  • Alfie_EAlfie_E Forumite
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    If we’re specifically talking about email auto-replies, could it be an Americanism? If your email system has default auto-replies, it’s more likely to offer “I’m on annual leave” than “I’m off on my summer hols.” Even if people are manually entering all of it, they may be copying what they’ve seen from other people’s default auto-replies. Americans do, on average, have less holiday than us, so annual leave means just that; it’s the one block of time that’s not a fixture like Thanks Giving.
  • MozetteMozette Forumite
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    It differentiates from other types of leave - paternity leave, sick leave, sabbatical, etc.

    Spot on! Anyway, I've been 'discouraged' from leaving my more frivolous type of autoreplies. Boring old gits that I work for. Actually now I just tend to say that I'm out, and will be back on DD:MM:CCYY. Which is really dull.
  • kyhkyh Forumite
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    For me it differentiaites when I am at home relaxing with my family or out of the office at a meeting probably overseas - one is enjoyable and a break from work and the other isn't! If I am away from work but working then feel free to ring me - if I am with my family - DON'T
  • i only use the phrase at work, as of saturday 6pm if you email me the automated reply will state

    'annual leave till 12th of september'

    meaning 'get lost and do it yourself for a change, i'm abroad for the first time in 7 years'
    things arent the way they were before, you wouldnt even recognise me anymore- not that you knew me back then ;)
    BH is my best mate too, its ok :)

    I trust BH even if he's from Manchester.. ;)

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  • JennaJenna Forumite
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    I use "annual leave" because I work for a global blue-chip company ... and out-of-office responses saying things like "I'm off on my hols so no one will reply to you for 2 weeks - hah!" are frowned upon for some reason...!

    Also because it can sound arrogant (I think, anyway) to announce to the world at large that you are currently sunning yourself in some far-flung corner of the globe.

    And last but not least - I am a woman working in an office full of men. I dress smartly at work and like to be thought of as a professional and responsible person ... and I don't want to conjure up images of me in a bikini (need I say more? lol).

    Interesting one though! :)
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  • frugalpamfrugalpam Forumite
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    Not a phrase I use - my auto reply at work says 'I'm on holiday', and I hope they're jealous when they read it :D
  • It's a kind of office-ese. These days employers are getting more prescriptive about these things and generally give you the wording. I generally put "I am out of the office ..." as I don't want people to think I'm away and burgle me.

  • iieeeiieee Forumite
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    x3ja wrote: »
    I use "annual leave" because saying you're "on holiday" sounds like you're always jetting off to somewhere exotic, whereas you might just be enjoying a few long lie-ins. However, I do say "holiday" when that's what I'm doing - like when I'm off to Morocco soon - can't wait to see the sun - I've forgotten what it looks like! :j
    Ditto above. I guess I'm just pedantic.:p
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  • ErrataErrata Forumite
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    The term Annual Leave comes from the British Civil Service, who in turn pinched it from the armed services who used the terms Annual Leave, Embarkation Leave, and probably many other sorts of leave.
    The term was taken up by the NHS when it was set up, and now people use it to indicate they do a white collar job rather than not being around because they work in a factory and it's works shutdown fortnight !
    Pure snobbery.
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