Quick summary -
Acquaintance (bordering on friend-ish) invites me to a vernissage at his gallery. I go, the place gallery is packed, I see his partner and make small talk for about 30 seconds before someone else jumps in and takes over the conversation. I look at the art quickly, it's all a little tedious, I leave after 10 minutes and never acknowledge the the acquaintance who invited me. I kind of don't care, but I feel a little bit rude. Should I?
Oh, the acquaintance (gallery owner) was surrounded with people while I was there. Was I supposed to break in?
Don't worry about it
You lost me at vernissage.
If it were possible to ignore the inane and punctuationally challenged R2 while at the same time incorporating something (mildly) of the spirit of its post, I'd suggest doing so.
Drop the "feeling" talk and asking if you should "feel rude." That has nothing to do with etiquette.
Properly, of course you would have waited to at least greet your acquaintance briefly and say something pleasant about his work. Since you didn't, you now need to drop him a short note thanking him for the invitation, mentioning that you enjoyed speaking to his partner, and saying something pleasant about his work.
That's what you need to do. Please do it.
OP, I'd wager that you served your purpose by helping the gallery fill up with a crowd. Next time you see the acquaintance, comment on a piece that stood out to you and say you were going to talk to acknowledge him that night, but he was surrounded.
R6, when one is comfortable with the language he has mastered, he may play with it in overt ways for purposes of humor and pointedness. He also may use word forms about which uneducated people or dull people are unfamiliar.
Also, if you had done something more than puzzle your obviously limited grasp of the English language, you could have, for example, Googled the word and found 13,900 hits for it. I regret that I was not quite as create as I thought.
R4, I think I love you.
R2 missed a period. I can't imagine she's particularly worried about being " punctuationally challenged."
A silly gallery owner invited a silly friend for a silly preview. He invited lots of silly people. Silly people went.
Mission accomplished on both sides.
That wasn't you that let that attrocious fart, was it OP?
Boxed wine, right?
[quote]I regret that I was not quite as create as I thought.
If using a verb in place of an adjective is some sort of wit, I must confess I have completely missed the joke.
Is your name Chantal?
Chantal is spelled C-U-N-T
At least I have the decency to admit a typo. Big deal, wads o' fun.
Anyway. OP - do write that letter. And have fun both with etiquette and with English. And try - try - to have fun here. The cunts are swarming with their little minds and big mouths.
OP, why are you making fun of someone else for using the word "punctuationally" when you yourself also used nonsense terms in your original post such as "place gallery" and "friend-ish"?
Cozened into attended a tedious vernissage? Please. These people would be dead to me.
OP, thanks for teaching me the term "vernissage", with which I was unfamiliar. I devoutly hope that I'll never have occasion to use it -- but, now when I sigh condescendingly at someone who does, at least I'll know what it means.
And I'm pleased to find that there are also terms for other stages of exhibits, including a "half time" show:
[quote]There also is a comparable ceremonial ending of art exhibitions, called a finissage. Larger art exhibitions also may have such an event at half time of the exhibition called a midissage.
As for your etiquette question, I agree with R4 that you should send a note of thanks.