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Old 07-16-2014, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I blame everything on the English. My mother was from England. She taught me, forced me to say: I'm sorry, excuse me, pardon me, please, thank you.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:24 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Has anyone else noticed that we as Americans are known for apologizing for nearly everything? I get that it's polite to say "pardon me" or "sorry" when you really need to, but I think we do it a little too much. I just think apologies should be used only when you truly and sincerely mean it.
We sin a lot.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Has the OP ever been to Canada?
Well Canadians find Americans rude because we say "Uh-huh" or "Ya" after being "Thanked" (My Canadian ex expected a "You're Welcome").
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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No that's normal. I mean apologizing for tiny things that nobody really needs to apologize for.
There are certain people who say "sorry" if anything goes bad (whether they had anything to do with it) or before voicing an opinion of any kind, so I think I know what you're getting at. I've noticed they're mostly insecure people, and mostly women.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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It's just another example of all those Canadians eroding our traditional culture.
Well, sorry. I apologize for that. I mean, actually, I really apologize for apologizing since by apologizing I may have put you in an awkward position of having to respond by telling me that it's OK, and I really didn't want to infringe and make you have to take time out of your day to address an issue that really should of just been let go. For that I'm sorry.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Well Canadians find Americans rude because we say "Uh-huh" or "Ya" after being "Thanked" (My Canadian ex expected a "You're Welcome").
I'm used to it now. Although I've had to explain it to some friends ( years ago when I and them were much, much, younger ) that it wasn't meant to be rude. It's just to our ears it sounds very dismissive.
Sort of like " ya, whatever ". If you were to say Uh-huh in Canada as a server, people would feel unwanted.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:20 AM
 
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I'm used to it now. Although I've had to explain it to some friends ( years ago when I and them were much, much, younger ) that it wasn't meant to be rude. It's just to our ears it sounds very dismissive.
Sort of like " ya, whatever ". If you were to say Uh-huh in Canada as a server, people would feel unwanted.
Americans, at least the ones in my region, used to say, "You're welcome", much more often than they do now.
It has steadly dropped from usage over the years.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:28 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Well Canadians find Americans rude because we say "Uh-huh" or "Ya" after being "Thanked" (My Canadian ex expected a "You're Welcome").
Urk... I am guilty of this one. I consider myself on the above average side of the politeness divide, but frequently say, "Yeah" rather than "You're Welcome". If feel that, semantically, it is really a replacement for "It was nothing.", or "It was the least I could do." rather than the more formal "You're welcome", though.


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Well, sorry. I apologize for that. I mean, actually, I really apologize for apologizing since by apologizing I may have put you in an awkward position of having to respond by telling me that it's OK, and I really didn't want to infringe and make you have to take time out of your day to address an issue that really should of just been let go. For that I'm sorry.
I, too, am sorry.
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