It’s actually known by two names, the “Irish Goodbye” and the “French Exit” … the act of leaving an event without telling everybody that you’re leaving. Is it rude?
Not according to Lifehacker, it isn’t.
Apparently, the Irish are famous for being so hospitable that it’s overwhelming. So, in order to avoid extremely long round of goodbyes, they’ll often dip out of a party early. The act is actually interpreted as being considerate behaviour.
If this sounds like something you’d like to try the next time you’re out, some tips, courtesy of Lifehacker:
- Plan ahead, if you can: If you know you’ll be pulling an Irish goodbye, think about your exit strategy. Don’t bring anything you’ll need to retrieve before you leave, like coats, plates, games, etc. And make sure you pay your tab first. Don’t stick anyone else with the bill.
- Pick an exit: When you’re ready to go, look for a route that’s out of the way and won’t draw attention.
- Let someone know: You don’t have to completely disappear for this to work. It’s okay to tell a close friend you’re taking off so no one starts to worry about you. A text works too.
- Ninja vanish: Disappear into the night and make your way home (or wherever it is you’re headed).