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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:31 AM
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Why do people say "sorry, ..." for things they have nothing to do with?
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 02:31 AM by CreekDog
Like, "Sorry, Toyota has gone downhill".

Where did this lingua fracas come from?
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:32 AM
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1. Sorry, I have no idea. (nt)
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:33 AM
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2. Just get back to your hot dog vending machine n/t
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:34 AM
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3. Sorry, it's not mine.
I believe it's actually part of the Swiss cultural infrastructure, though. :P
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:37 AM
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7. clever n/t
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:37 AM
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8. "Clever" is my middle name.
Wait. No, it's not.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:40 AM
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10. I thought it was Deutschlander XXL
which strangely enough sounds like a German condom.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:53 AM
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12. Actually, I'm an American, so more accurately,
I am Auslander, Gre Mittel. :)
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:35 AM
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4. Veiled sarcasm
Quite similar to "ExCUSE me, but..." and the one I really love, "I hate to tell you this..."

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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:36 AM
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5. The rule is when you say "but" ignore what's before
because they only mean what comes after.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:39 AM
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9. I see what you mean, but










:D



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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:37 AM
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6. Bless your hoart;
at least you tried. :rofl: :spray:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:41 AM
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11. I missed it, huh?
I've been wrestling for the past 20 minutes with the mental process that leads to stuff like "Please don't let your cat's outdoors."

:crazy:

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MnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 03:27 AM
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13. in my family this is used a lot...it actually means:
"I am sorry to hear that."

"My kids have the flu."
"I'm sorry to hear that."


I once had a girlfriend who was driven crazy by it.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 03:33 AM
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14. It's like a positive feedback loop
your gf: "all this saying 'i'm sorry' is driving me crazy"
misc person: "i'm sorry to hear that"
your gf: "stop it"
misc person: "sorry"
other person: "i'm sorry he's a little slow"
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:15 AM
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15. Translates as "Sucks to be you..."
..."and you can't stop me from expressing this unpopular opinion. Eat it."
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