Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bad "My Bads"

One of my biggest societal pet peeves of late is the non-apology apology. You know the one, where the aggrieved party is given a "Sorry if you were offended" brush-off as recompense for some past slight. Just a cursory look at the taxonomy of that sentence tells us that it's not the act that's being apologized for, but rather the reaction to that act. In other words, "Sorry you're too slow to get me, man." This trend has really hit my radar in a big way thanks to the slew of politicos and public figures who've mastered several variant strains of the non-apology (See: Romney, Willard). Cracked.com has done some legwork for us and compiled just six.

2 comments:

Minhaj Arifin said...

Just a cursory look at the taxonomy of that sentence tells us that it's not the act that's being apologized for, but rather the reaction to that act. In other words, "Sorry you're too slow to get me, man."

Nicely said Zaki. Its exhausting to deal with people who never get out of strategy mode.

Zaki said...

Exhausting...and frustrating!