The term “time-out” comes from sports. They use it to pause games too.
More recently, I’ve heard kids say, “Pause!” It’s possible this comes from pausing video games.
In France, they say “pouce” (thumb) to call a time-out. They might also gesture with a thumbs up.
Frances Turnbull wrote, “Here in England, I’ve seen my daughter’s buddies calling ‘T-out’.”
Nyango from Cameroon said, “As kids we used to say: ‘Wait! Wait!’ with the hand held up, palm facing outward (‘Wait’ is actually the Pidgin English version of ‘Hold on!’ and that’s how we used it). When my kids were younger, they said: ‘Take a break!'”
Agnieszka Magnucka wrote, “‘Pause’ or ‘T’ in Poland.”
Jessica Taylor-Kucia wrote, “Or ‘stop the game’ (Stop zabawa) in Poland.”
Emanuela Marsura wrote, “In Italy we say ‘Stop’ or ‘Pausa’. In my Venetian dialect I say ‘Bando’. You can’t translate this.”
How do you call a time-out where you’re from?
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