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11 Polite Habits Most People Secretly Dislike

Reader's Digest Logo By Meghan Jones of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 12: You know that being late to a get-together is disrespectful and inadvisable—so you might resolve to arrive early, just to be on the safe side. Especially if you decide to offer your help once you're there, you might think this habit makes you the guest of honor. But this "polite" habit probably really bugs your host. They invited you to arrive at 6:00; they most likely aren't ready for, and don't want, guests before then. Unless the host has actually asked you to come early to help, don't show up before the actual start time. And yes, that means being just a little "late" is fine. "It’s polite to be on time, but giving your host a few minutes is even more polite," says Grotts. Here are some etiquette rules we never should have abandoned.

Showing up early

You know that being late to a get-together is disrespectful and inadvisable—so you might resolve to arrive early, just to be on the safe side. Especially if you decide to offer your help once you're there, you might think this habit makes you the guest of honor. But this "polite" habit probably really bugs your host. They invited you to arrive at 6:00; they most likely aren't ready for, and don't want, guests before then. Unless the host has actually asked you to come early to help, don't show up before the actual start time. And yes, that means being just a little "late" is fine. "It’s polite to be on time, but giving your host a few minutes is even more polite," says Grotts. Here are some etiquette rules we never should have abandoned.

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