Crimes against language, No 2: “Sorry”

Another word used, like, wrongly

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As ever, one of our favourite contributors, Debs, has taken an enormous magnifying glass out of her pocket, and turned it on society. Today, she is studying how we use language. More specifically, the word “sorry”. She had this to say…

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Sorry: Rarely used to truly express regret. Regularly used by the English as a substitute for “Why didn’t you look where you were going?” or “I am deaf, please repeat.” Or “oh dear, your partner of thirty years is dead, I should probably apologise.”

It was also the name of a late 80s television programme starring Ronnie Corbett. For which, ironically, everyone involved should really apologise.

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