KATHMANDU, June 25: “Sorry!” is a word that usually follows an accident, an unwise decision or an action that has affected another individual negatively. This word was originally used to express a genuine form of apology. Today, it’s used in multiple scenarios without much meaning or true emotion behind it. Whether we make mistakes in class, relationships, or at jobs, “sorry” seems to have become a word of reflex rather than a truthful apology.
Since our childhood days in school, we were taught to use the word “sorry” to apologize for our mistakes. We’ve used the expression in numerous other instances since then, whether we were addressing teachers, parents, friends, authorities, or strangers.
However, with its continuous use, has the true essence of the word disappeared? Do we really mean it when we say sorry? Through our Facebook page, we attempted to gain people’s insights on their own use of the word. Their replies were as follows:
Sushant Thapa, 20, a student of Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Nesfield International College, says, “It depends on the condition. Sometimes, I really am sorry from the bottom of my heart. This generally happens when I realize my mistake and I learn from it. I apologize to console the person I offended. However, sometimes I say sorry just because I can´t bear to see someone being hurt who is close to me. In that case, whether I’m at fault or not, I apologize.”
Dipendra Paudyal, 17, studying Science at Deep Boarding School, says, “Whenever I say sorry, I really mean it. I’m not a person who says sorry for every little thing I do, and that type of people really upset me. I know a handful of people who say sorry everyday, and when I tell them to stop, they say sorry all over again. When I say “Sorry!” I mean it for anything and everything I’ve done.
Sagar Karki, 20, an Engineering student at Pulchowk Engineering College, says, “It´s a word that covers a variety of conditions. From very serious to simple mistakes, it gives people a notion that the person uttering this word has realized his mistake. So it’s obvious that I’m sorry when I say it. It’s a wonderful word and I’ve saved myself after committing a handful of mistakes by saying sorry.”