January 14, 2005 7:19 AM Subscribe
Based on yesterday's discussion about celebrities who give offense
by their wardrobe choices and malfunctions, I am left wondering about the "apologies" that are issued. Since when is it an apology to say "Sorry if
I offended anyone..." instead of "I apologize for
causing offense..."? What would ettiquette demand? How should they issue their apologies? Does the "if" even mean they believe they did something wrong or is it a trick to make people drop the topic?
posted by onhazier to Writing & Language (19 answers total)