Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sorry, but... I'm not listening.

One of the most infuriating bits of modern speech is the starting of any argument with 'Sorry, but...'

It drives me nuts.

If you start any statement with an apology for that statement, it can only mean that you already know that what you are about to say is wrong, worthless or both.

Therefore there is no point continuing past those words, especially since I've already stopped listening.


Southern Writer said...

I think "Sorry, but ..." is generally followed by an unspoken "You're wrong," then the speaker presents his own beliefs as to why he thinks that's the case. I doubt very much they are, in fact, sorry.

Romulus Crowe said...

I doubt very much they are, in fact, sorry.

They will be ;)

These words are usually accompanied by a self-satisfied smile that radiates smugness. An 'I know everything and you know nothing' attitude which is a guaranteed hackle-raiser.

The only defense is to hold up your hand at the first 'Sorry, but...' and accept the apology. It's the only way to hold yourself back from smacking them.

I've been in meetings with university managers this past week, who are not my employers but who think they should have a say in what I do. Does it show?

drsharna said...

(staring blankly...) Um, sorry...what did you say?

Southern Writer said...

Oh. Them again. Joke 'em if they can't take a fuck.

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