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18 November 2007 @ 10:53 am
Appologising  
I'm sure I'm going to miss a bunch of meanings, so feel free to elaborate in comments. I also realize it really depends on context, who's saying it, etc. So try to just go for the "most commonly."

Poll #1090690 I'm sorry...

When I hear "I'm sorry for doing x" I feel like it means,

"I realize my mistake"
0(0.0%)
"I will work to correct my mistake in the future"
0(0.0%)
"I understand my mistake affected you negatively"
0(0.0%)
"Please do not think less of me for my mistake"
0(0.0%)
"Please forgive the mistake, without further obligation"
2(15.4%)
An empty statement said because one is supposed to.
0(0.0%)
"I regret my mistake and need to volcalize that."
2(15.4%)
A statement of self deprication or weakness.
0(0.0%)
 
 
 
Jvisage on November 18th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
It depends greatly on who I'm hearing it from. Some people clearly mean "I'm acknowledging that you're pissed" and nothing else, others are beating themselves up, and so on.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on November 18th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
What would you assume if it was someone you didn't know very well?
Shooting for the moonintuition_ist on November 19th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
If I say it, it means at least the first three of these, and often the fourth as well:
"I realize my mistake"
"I understand my mistake affected you negatively"
"I regret my mistake and need to vocalize that."

It sometimes means:
"Please forgive the mistake, without further obligation"
"I will work to correct my mistake in the future"
"Please do not think less of me for my mistake"

If I'm *really* cranky and someone's blaming me for something that isn't my fault and/or being an ass, it means:
"An empty statement said because one is supposed to."

who, me, complex? nah...