I was listening a conversation where a guy said そろそろ 失礼します。
I also heard inflections like 失礼しました。
Google translate : 失礼します == Excuse me.
is it correct ?
What is the proper meaning and usage cases for 失礼します ?
失礼 is used in many situations.
It can be used as an apology, which is the original meaning of the word. But it can also be used as a greeting when entering or leaving a room or a place.
It is very common for workers to leave the workplace by greeting the other co-coworkers with
お先に失礼します。(o-saki ni shitsurei shimasu)
It can also be used as a greeting when finishing a phone conversation.
It can be used just like in English to start a conversation:
失礼ですが... (excuse me...)
There are many ways to use it.
失礼 means rude.
"I will be leaving soon"
It is used a lot when you finish your day at work for example.
I guess in a way it means that you will do the rudeness of leaving before the others.
I did something rude
And can be used in many ways. For example, you could say it after you got corrected after saying something wrong making a mistake.