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Old 05-24-2017, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I say it even when someone bumps into me, too.
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:46 PM
 
Location: NJ = liberalism is a mental disorder!
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My father taught me some sought of manners which is a lot coming from most born and bred NJ-ians.

So I say "sorry" if I accidentally bump into someone or make a turn into a supermarket shopping aisle bumping another shopping cart.

Maybe I should start singing "I'm sorry" like an REM song called So. Central Rain and believe me I can in tune.
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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So what is the alternative in the Midwest then if you bump into someone? Just ignore and walk away?
"Op"! It's weird.

I did live in Milwaukee for many years, and have probably heard it there the most compared to other Midwest cities. And with the Midwest and politeness, I've found Milwaukee and Detroit to be the most friendly. Minneapolis and Chicago being more cold.
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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So what is the alternative in the Midwest then if you bump into someone? Just ignore and walk away?
You would say "sorry" or more than likely if it wasn't a bad bump you would just say "ope!". People say that for many reasons, if you see someone fall suddenly "ope!". If you hit someone "ope!". If you open the door at the same time as someone else "ope!". If someone drops something or you drop something "ope!".

It's just a noise everyone makes if there's a gaff or something harmlessly bad happens to someone and you're around, or you do it to yourself.

Lots of times it's pushed together - "opesorry!"
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:11 AM
 
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I spent my childhood in WI and never heard it there and wasn't taught to say it.
Nobody taught me to say it -- it just seems obvious. I don't even think about it and don't think I ever have; it's a reflex.
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:11 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I always say sorry after bumping into someone, even if it's not my fault. Always. I grew up in New York and now live in New England, though, and I wouldn't say it's common in either of those places.
I am the same. New Yorker who says sorry. Unless it is a situation where everyone is jam packed like a subway platform or something. But if you nudge someone by accident or people are spaced apart, "Sorry".

It's reflex, and kind of said 'under my breath' as opposed to stopping, looking the offendee in the eye and saying, "Oh, gee, golly. So sorry about that!"
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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In Canada, two phrases are inter connected.........


Sorry, and Thank You.


Both have their place in a polite society.


I find that when I am in the USA, and I say thank you to a person, for whatever reason.....I will usually get " No problem " in return . Or nothing at all.


A joke on this sort of behaviour...


How can you tell that you are standing behind a Canadian at a bank machine ?


They say " Thank You " when the money comes out.....


I can say that with impunity, note my screen name .


xxx.
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Old 05-25-2017, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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I always say it and it's very common here in Albuquerque to do so. Excuse me is also often said here in these sorts of situations.
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Old 05-25-2017, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I agree with others here, it is a human reflex. Most of us were taught to be polite and that stays with you forever.
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Old 05-25-2017, 05:03 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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I'm originally from WI and always say I'm sorry regardless of who's at fault.
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