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(Guardian)   How good are you at saying sorry after doing something that was your fault? Canadians not allowed to participate as the frostbacks will apologize for even taking the survey   (theguardian.com) divider line 51
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2014-07-15 01:52:54 PM  
I believe in taking responsibility for my fu*k ups.

People who adopt a rigid "never apologize" philosophy because they saw some John Wayne movie when they were teenagers tend to be assholes.
 
2014-07-15 03:09:52 PM  
I've never heard a Canadian say sorry. Then again they don't seem to do as much stupid shiat they should be sorry for.
 
2014-07-15 03:12:31 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: I've never heard a Canadian say sorry. Then again they don't seem to do as much stupid shiat they should be sorry for.


Sorry to hear that.
 
2014-07-15 03:13:43 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: I've never heard a Canadian say sorry. Then again they don't seem to do as much stupid shiat they should be sorry for.


We do, but because we're not gregarious showoffs, we don't advertise it as much.
 
2014-07-15 03:14:45 PM  

Calmamity: People who adopt a rigid "never apologize" philosophy because they saw some John Wayne movie when they were teenagers tend to be assholes.


I wasn't even aware anyone had adopted "always wrong" as an ideology.
 
2014-07-15 03:14:52 PM  
frostbacks?

That'sracistEskimo.jpb
 
2014-07-15 03:15:21 PM  
www.sorrywatch.com
 
2014-07-15 03:17:06 PM  
Farkers saying sorry? what?
 
2014-07-15 03:17:56 PM  
My wife is Canadian and has never said she was sorry for anything. I, on the other hand, say it all the time but that's just the man's role in any relationship.

/Then again, I'm also a huge eff up.
 
2014-07-15 03:18:02 PM  
Big difference between saying that you are sorry and meaning it.

If I'm not sorry I don't apologize.  If I am sorry I do.

I will take credit or blame for what I do.
 
2014-07-15 03:21:40 PM  
Most of us Canadians are just as likely to tell you to fark off and THEN say sorry.
 
2014-07-15 03:23:03 PM  
What kind of idiot admits something is his fault?
 
2014-07-15 03:25:39 PM  
Sorry is the word most used when you get caught.  Its meaningless.
 
2014-07-15 03:28:03 PM  
Oh no, I'm not sorry that I did it.

I'm just sorry that you found out that I did it.
 
2014-07-15 03:31:35 PM  
images.tenplay.com.au

It's kind of cool for an iconic fictional character. In real life, it just makes you a major dick.
 
2014-07-15 03:34:21 PM  
Fark you.  I only made a perceived mistake due to YOUR issues/omissions
 
2014-07-15 03:34:35 PM  
were sorry for being sorry about being sorry for being sorry
 
2014-07-15 03:46:39 PM  
My "stop saying your sorry" moment came after an epiphany during a mushroom trip over a long, long time ago. Since then, I have become very specific with how I express my emotions and reactions to things. My use personal psychoanalysis has only grown since then and encompassed my life beyond my choice in phrasing and now dictates my behavior in public and professional settings.

And it all started from a drug induced realization that too many apologies dilutes not only your apology, but other people's perception of your character.

/don't do drugs kids.
 
2014-07-15 03:51:45 PM  

a_burlap_sack_of_kittens: were sorry for being sorry about being sorry for being sorry


true. sorry about that.
 
2014-07-15 03:54:14 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-15 03:57:30 PM  
biatch, I'm sorry. Now, go make me a sammich.

/Told ya I was a romantic.
 
2014-07-15 03:58:48 PM  
lolcanada.com
 
2014-07-15 03:59:28 PM  
Whoops sorry guys didn't mean to butt into this thread.
 
2014-07-15 03:59:42 PM  
Wasn't there an article on Fark about how people who apologize less than normal have more life satisfaction? Sorry, I am on mobile and don't feel like looking it up.

Also, saying you're sorry should be easy. If you farked up, apologize. What is hard is giving in when you think you are right. In my marriage, I have found that the longer I go without apologizing, the harder it gets.
 
2014-07-15 03:59:56 PM  

PapaChester: too many apologies dilutes not only your apology, but other people's perception of your character.


agreed.  but i'm learning to say sorry a lot more because she complains that i never say it.  now i just throw it out there all the time... like when she says, 'oh, you're playing Chess with Friends again?!"  i'll say i'm sorry.  and i don't mean it one farkin bit but what the fark does she want me to say???
what the fark is her problem??????

now i'm gettin pissed.
thanks

/sucks.
 
2014-07-15 04:04:21 PM  
I never say sorry because fark you...that's why.
 
2014-07-15 04:06:23 PM  
Came here for QC, guess I have to do it myself.
questionablecontent.net
Sorry.
 
2014-07-15 04:08:14 PM  
Even as a stereotypical chronically apologizing Canadian, it yet grinds my gears at the (mostly) media-driven fetishizing of the "official" apology by whatever corporation, government or other agency for some ancient grievance, inevitably accompanied by a "show-me-the-money" response.

That said, as a descendant of United Empire Loyalists, where are my apology and reparations, Americans?
 
2014-07-15 04:13:25 PM  

colon_pow: PapaChester: too many apologies dilutes not only your apology, but other people's perception of your character.

agreed.  but i'm learning to say sorry a lot more because she complains that i never say it.  now i just throw it out there all the time... like when she says, 'oh, you're playing Chess with Friends again?!"  i'll say i'm sorry.  and i don't mean it one farkin bit but what the fark does she want me to say???
what the fark is her problem??????

now i'm gettin pissed.
thanks

/sucks.


In my non-snarky response to your post... There have been times where I leave late from work or traffic is really heavy, and I am home about 10 minutes later than normal. My wife stays home, and my daughter can get overwhelming, so she calls me several times during the ride trying to anticipate when I will get home, and is pissed that I am late. I have asked her on a few of these occasions, what do you want me to say that will make you feel better about me being late? Well, an apology would be nice...ok, sorry. You don't mean that...you're right I don't, but you said it would make you feel better. Well you should have been here when you are supposed to...yes, but I'm not because reasons so what do you want me to do about it now.

Usually it ends around there, if it doesn't then I end up apologizing for the next few things that come out of my mouth, and those deserve an apology.
 
2014-07-15 04:14:04 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-15 04:17:53 PM  

ChipNASA: frostbacks?

That'sracistEskimo.jpb


Seriously....  the correct term is SNOWBACK...jeez.
 
2014-07-15 04:22:38 PM  
The Canadian 'sahrry,' like the 'eh,' can only be pulled off properly by natural born Canadians or long time residents. Anyone else trying doesn't do it right and quickly becomes exposed as a foriegn infiltrator who may be a threat to the strategic maple syrup reserve. This is the primary means by which we secure our borders.
 
2014-07-15 04:27:58 PM  
Say sorry? shiat, I'll double down first, then I might say I'm sorry if there are english speaking witnesses.
 
2014-07-15 04:32:05 PM  

Skink Wrangler: Even as a stereotypical chronically apologizing Canadian, it yet grinds my gears at the (mostly) media-driven fetishizing of the "official" apology by whatever corporation, government or other agency for some ancient grievance, inevitably accompanied by a "show-me-the-money" response.

That said, as a descendant of United Empire Loyalists, where are my apology and reparations, Americans?


Yeah! Preach it brother!

Ancestor from Saratoga, NY, fought for the Crown.

Hey Yanks:  your "Independence War" was actually a Civil War.   You were all British subjects until you won... and 20,000 'Americans' fought on the British side.
 
2014-07-15 04:51:59 PM  
Never have a problem saying sorry when I've legitimately farked up.

However, I've noticed something about making amends. When people don't allow other people to make amends for their fark up, the offended person almost always ends up holding a grudge, and the offender feels always on the hook for their fark up. Making amends is a good way to put it past both of you, so the relationship can move on.
 
2014-07-15 04:56:45 PM  
He did it.
 
2014-07-15 04:57:09 PM  
Someone posted a cool chart of polietness and likelyhood of tipping by country and how you should treat those people.

American where high of on the tip scale, but low on the polite scale, and the recommended action was "tolerate"
Canadians where good tippers and very polite.

Anyone know this chart I speak of?
 
2014-07-15 05:42:32 PM  
i'm sorry honey that you are such a biatch and would rather fight than eat and issues that occurred 6 years ago always need to be readdressed whenever you feel upset.
 
2014-07-15 05:57:00 PM  
i prefer to think of us as frost giants, rather than frostbacks. you racist dick
 
2014-07-15 06:24:02 PM  
Or just giants.
 
2014-07-15 06:27:24 PM  
We really do apologize too much. I can't count the number of times I've accidentally bumped someone (or they've bumped me), and both of us start apologizing immediately.
 
2014-07-15 06:37:29 PM  

some_beer_drinker: i prefer to think of us as frost giants, rather than frostbacks. you racist dick


s2.quickmeme.com
 
2014-07-15 07:28:52 PM  

farkin_Gary: Oh no, I'm not sorry that I did it.

I'm just sorry that you found out that I did it.


This is exactly my ex wife's version of "sorry."
 
2014-07-15 08:04:01 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: I've never heard a Canadian say sorry. Then again they don't seem to do as much stupid shiat they should be sorry for.


Had a substitute bus driver this morning for the last half of my ride to work. There's a different route that this bus takes during on-peak times (a large loop towards the end gets cut off), which the bus driver forgot until after she made the turn for the off-peak route. I was the only person on the bus, but she still apologized at least six to ten times, even after I told her my boss really wouldn't mind if I was a few minutes late. And Canadians will apologize profusely for just about anything, even for you bumping into them. It's hilarious. Just another thing I've already started to pick up in my seven months here; doesn't help I already had a propensity for apologizing quite regularly anyway. Between that and the accent I've been accidentally acquiring since before I got here, and it'll be a wonder if my father doesn't keel over laughing his ass off next time we visit the states.

/And I still keep remarking how nice the bus drivers are up here to my husband, who merely reminds me just how low SEPTA set my standards
//My standards involve pulling over to let ambulances with lights and sirens on pass and not actually attempting to hit pedestrians
 
2014-07-15 08:13:34 PM  

ObscureNameHere: Yeah! Preach it brother!

Ancestor from Saratoga, NY, fought for the Crown.

Hey Yanks:  your "Independence War" was actually a Civil War.   You were all British subjects until you won... and 20,000 'Americans' fought on the British side.


you sound edgy
 
2014-07-15 08:17:57 PM  
cineplex.media.baselineresearch.com
 
2014-07-15 08:54:31 PM  
Any time I traveled to the US from Canada in the past, every person I met was very friendly and courteous.  Back home in Canada half the people in my city were thugs, meth-heads, arrogant hipsters or racist immigrants.  I later moved to a city with 65% of the population being Asian (nearly 50% Chinese).  I forgot what manners were for a while while I was there.  Now I'm in Japan where the *true* "sorry people" live.  Apologies fly about like mosquitoes in a swamp.  I'll walk into a convenience store near my office to buy smokes and a snack, and the manager will walk over to me and bow deeply in welcome.  Back in Canada most clerks would be exceedingly polite if they bothered to look up from their magazine or phone.

Who ever made the "Canadians are polite" meme has never been to Canada.
 
2014-07-15 09:46:54 PM  
I'm sorry, but I refuse to apologize.

Oh, wait...
 
2014-07-15 11:19:52 PM  
 
PJ-
2014-07-16 01:08:20 PM  

Pattuq: Any time I traveled to the US from Canada in the past, every person I met was very friendly and courteous.  Back home in Canada half the people in my city were thugs, meth-heads, arrogant hipsters or racist immigrants.  I later moved to a city with 65% of the population being Asian (nearly 50% Chinese).  I forgot what manners were for a while while I was there.  Now I'm in Japan where the *true* "sorry people" live.  Apologies fly about like mosquitoes in a swamp.  I'll walk into a convenience store near my office to buy smokes and a snack, and the manager will walk over to me and bow deeply in welcome.  Back in Canada most clerks would be exceedingly polite if they bothered to look up from their magazine or phone.

Who ever made the "Canadians are polite" meme has never been to Canada.


Maybe it's because you are a raging dick expecting people to bow at your feet as you walk through the door.
 
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