People always worry that it’s rude to leave early while actually, it’s ruder to overstay. Because – within reason – if you leave and they mind, they are terrorist friends and you need to examine the power balance. But that’s a whole different conversation. In the meantime, here are some excuses to leave should you need a little assistance:
Missed a deadline:
You’ve just remembered you’ve to type in a few more pages on your thesis, which is due tomorrow and need to get cracking.
At the wrong place:
You’ve just realized you’ve RSVP’d to the wrong party. Your inner social butterfly is quite disgusted that this party is brimming with lackluster, socially challenged beings.
Bite off more than you can chew:
You’ve chipped a tooth on some indelibly tough food and now need to rush to the dentist (painfully grim and glare accusingly at the host/hostess).
You forgot about having to pick up a pesky relative from the airport and you’re already an hour late.
You’ve overheard something remarkably scandalous from one of the guests and must rush back to post it on your blog.
You just realized you’ve double-booked yourself – you got to rush to another party to just show your face.
Out to bid:
An item for auction on your Amazon watch list will be ending soon and you’re all primed to out-bid everyone.
Lost that support:
Your fastener has come undone and the rest of your outfit is in danger of imminent collapse and you cannot risk any wardrobe malfunction.
The meds are kicking in:
Your psychiatrist just called to inform you he accidentally prescribed wrong medication for you, now you need to hightail it back to the clinic to get the proper medication.
Out of sight:
You’ve lost your contact lenses and are temporarily visually impaired. “Accidentally” break/spill something to lend credence to this excuse.