• A proper apology usually includes the verbal recognition of what was done to warrant an apology. Then probably a promise that it won't happen again. This of course, needs to be said while making eye contact, and delivered with sincerity. If you say this all while watching TV, it won't mean much. But if you stop what you are doing and go out of your way to let the person know you are truly sorry, it seems a little more genuine. Sometimes you'll have to make it up to them somehow.
  • I want to apologize to you for not answering your question sooner. I know deep in my heart that you deserve so much better respect than I have shown you. I feel really bad and I would not blame you if you just walked away but I hope that you can find it in your heart to someday forgive me for hurting you this way. I can say I am sorry everyday of my life but I know it would not be enough. I can promise it will never happen again but I have to be honest and say best I can promise is that I will try.
  • I believe if you preset parameters of what is and is not acceptable, then you've already decided on not accepting it. A sincere "I'm sorry" trumps all the flourishy/phony words..abject apologies..profuse mea culpas..sometimes brief is best. Just my opinon, of course. Happy Wednesday! :) ((hugs))
  • actions speak louder than words!!
  • You are right, for the mere statement does not do the situation justice. There has to be a reason, so it should be "I am sorry"/"I apologize" BECAUSE of whatever. Also, try, "I am sorry if I offended you", but that might net you a response that forces you to think of what offended them, thereby digging a bigger hole, where you might have to sleep, if the couch is not available. :)
  • OK. Here you go. A proper apology: "My Bad"
  • Mrs. Bixby, Boston, Massachusetts DEAR MADAM: I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln
  • Whaddabout a pint o' blood?! ;-)
  • Of course "I'm sorry" doesn't cut it. . I'm sorry only means I feel sorrow, utterly ignoring who is responsible. It's not an apology. . What you're looking for is someone to say "I did that, and I was wrong." . As a matter of integrity, I don't offer excuses or reasons for my wrongdoing. That is to mix taking responsibility with evading it. .
  • I think any apology is proper if it's heartfelt.

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