Challenge #26

Challenge #26, January 26, 2011: “I’m sorry” is grossly overused in our society–today, only say it if you actually did something wrong.


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8 Responses to Challenge #26

  1. Sy says:

    This is a word I try never to use in the form of an apology anyway. I blogged about it in a blog entitled “sorry means FU”
    The only time I ever try to use this word is to express sympathy, as in “sorry for your loss” or as I used it in my previous challenge response when i said I was sorry I couldn’t tell you the name of the book I was talking about
    But not in form of an apology, instead I’ll say things like, “It was unfortunate, I didn’t know” or “I wasn’t thinking.”
    And I absolutely never use it if I knowingly did something wrong, because if I did do something to you, you have every right to be as mad as you want and “sorry” doesn’t change anything.

    • I will check out that blog. I think that being sorry for a loss or an inability to do something is perfectly fine, as you said. I agree that when the words are used as an apology, it can become kind of a cop-out–a way to not have to actually address the problem. I work at a restaurant, and we all bump into each other all the time. It is like a constant chorus of apologies that mean absolutely nothing. No one does it on purpose, there is nothing to be sorry about.

  2. Stef says:

    Another “pet peeve” phrase of mine (in addition to “I’m sorry”) is “good job”. To me, it’s trite, and empty. If I did a good job, I want specifics as to why. And if I’m sorry, I will offer details as to what I did that I feel the need to make amends for. So, I say “I’m sorry” in the context of “I’m sorry that I ….. [fill in details]” – so that I’m not just saying a flip “oh-gee-sorry-I-actually-don’t-care-about-you-at-all”, but instead am offering a meaningful apology.

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