It’s not easy to be a totally proper person. Every person has their quirks. Maybe you crack your gum, maybe you forget to text your date back after meeting them, or maybe you bring your dog with you everywhere you go. While these actions aren’t great, in the scheme of things, they’re mildly irritating and not straight-up rude. However, there are 12 etiquette mistakes are worse than others.
And while you should never put your elbows on the table, the worst etiquette mistakes you can make aren’t always that obvious. But it’s OK if you’re a little rude now. Once you learn these mistakes, it’s easy to correct course and become a more polite person.
It’s not as if arriving to a party empty-handed, RSVPing after the deadline, or forgetting to regularly say “please” and “thank you” are unforgivable, but they are particularly rude actions that you may not even realize are major breaches of etiquette. And that’s OK! Proper manners can be hard to nail down.