24 May 2008
Contemporary Theater of Contrition

I’m sorry you’re likely to get hit.

I’m sorry you were hit.

I’m sorry I hit you.

I’m sorry I got caught hitting you.

I’m sorry if my hitting you was misconstrued as an attempt to cause you pain.

“The news is full of headlines about Senator Clinton’s “apology” for her tone-deaf comment about the RFK assassination…. But from a linguistic point of view, these headlines are wrong. Here’s the evidence” — read the rest of the article at Language Log: A non-apology of the first kind.

This post’s title comes from an earlier Language Log article: “Sorry” Spectacles.

I guess it’s a Language Log day at Isotropic.

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