Hi, A little too late could be ironical for too late. It could be similar to - I've been running fast and I'm only one minute late for the train. - As if it were important whether you are one or five minutes late.
As to a little too loud and the like the speaker may wish to mitigate his/her message of disapproval or irritation, to be polite.
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