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Here's how people apologised for getting drunk and embarrassing themselves in the 9th century

Here's how people apologised for getting drunk and embarrassing themselves in the 9th century

In 9th century China if you got p*ssed at a dinner party and made a fool of yourself you'd be expected to send a formal letter by way of an apology.

Flash forward to the present day and a similar sorrow-filled Whatsapp message would still suffice.

In fact this template letter from the Dunhuang Bureau of Etiquette dated 856 and unearthed by Letters of Note is a brilliant example of how absolutely nothing has changed when it comes to getting trashed and doing things you probably shouldn't.

Picture: International Dunhuang Project/Flickr

Yesterday, having drunk too much, I was intoxicated as to pass all bounds; but none of the rude and coarse language I used was uttered in a conscious state.

The next morning, after hearing others speak on the subject, I realised what had happened, whereupon I was overwhelmed with confusion and ready to sink into the earth with shame.

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