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Is it rude to be «fashionably late»? Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals when you really SHOULD arrive for dinner (and what ‘7 for 7:30’ actually means)


It’s timeless advice.

Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals whether you should be early, on time or ‘fashionably late’ for dinner.

And that’s bad news for early risers.

William shares his advice in his new book, Help I Sexted My Boss – A Hilarious Guide to Avoiding Life’s Awkward Moments, co-authored with Jordan North.

In the conversation volume, the pair answer the question «what time should I arrive for dinner?», with Jordan admitting that the matter causes him a lot of stress.

Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals whether you should be early, on time or 'fashionably late' for dinner

Etiquette expert William Hanson reveals whether you should be early, on time or ‘fashionably late’ for dinner

He writes: ‘If someone says ‘come at 7pm’, what does that really mean? Will you turn on the dot? Or do you show your face fashionably late?’

William replies: “When I say ‘come at 7pm’ I don’t mean come at 7pm. I would expect you to arrive by 19:10, maybe 19:15. But not later.’

However, Jordan complains that this is ‘weird gaslighting etiquette’.

Help!  I Sexted My Boss by William Hanson and Jordan North is out now

Help!  I Sexted My Boss by William Hanson and Jordan North is out now

Help! I Sexted My Boss by William Hanson and Jordan North is out now

«Just tell me what time you want me there and I’ll be there,» he says. “I agree that you should never go early because it’s just annoying and people are flailing about getting things ready. But if they tell you to be there at 7 p.m., the host should be ready at 7 p.m.’

William responds by explaining that «the ten-minute delay rule was something that older generations lived by,» and admits that these days, however, «people’s time is so precious that it’s changing.»

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He adds: “Even though I might not like it, I think Jordan is probably right there. I also agree that guests should never arrive too early. I’d rather you were an hour late than five minutes early.’

William also reveals the true meaning of ‘7 at 7.30’, explaining that it means ‘anytime after seven but not after 7.30… because that’s when we start eating’.

The optimal time, he suggests, is 7.15.

Help! I Sexted My Boss by William Hanson and Jordan North is out now (£20/CAN$42.95), published by Penguin Random House. For more information from Mr. Hanson, visit his Tick ​​Tock and Instagram profiles.



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