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“Sorry” vs. “Apologize” & “Excuse me”

“Manners are a reflection of your attitude towards others”

Often times I hear young kids saying sorry for small things because they were taught to say it for everything: sorry I took your spot, sorry I went in front of you and so on…

Repeat and repeat the sorry word from a young age will become later on a reflex to say sorry without really mean it.

Sorry is a very powerful word that implies a very strong emotional feeling. Don’t use it only as an excuse, use it when it’s necessary and you feel that sympathy towards somebody.

For example, if you walk on the street distressed by looking for something and you bumped into a person you can say either “I apologize! Are you ok?” or “Excuse me!” instead of sorry. If you are late for a class don’t say “sorry, I am late” say instead: “I apologize for being late, professor”.

Can you notice the difference? Instead of saying “sorry” and leave you can choose meaningful words such as “I apologize” or “excuse me”.  First, shows care and consideration for that person. Second, shows that you mean it, shows feelings and respect toward your teacher.

When you really feel regret for what you did, when you hurt somebody’s feelings or you want to show sympathy and care to someone that goes through a difficult time then sorry is the right word to use it at that moment.

Excuse me is a must expression you should make it a habit. It shows you are aware of doing something to inconvenience someone.


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