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Why do Brits say 'sorry' so much?

Julie, 19, USA


If you spend any time in the UK, you’re bound to have someone tell you they’re sorry. Brits are sorry for practically everything. They’re sorry when you bump into them in the street, when they can’t hear what you’re saying… Heck, our resident Brit even said sorry to a guy who was handing him back his loyalty card he’d left on the checkout!

It will probably come as no surprise to find that Brits can say ‘sorry’ up to 1.9 million times during their lifetime - but do Brits mean it when they say it? More often than not, Brits use the expression as a way of showing good manners. It’s a throwback to the British class system which still looms large over daily life in the UK.

Many people will toss a casual ‘sorry’ to a stranger to help diffuse a potentially awkward situation, or as a politer way of saying, “we don’t particularly care, but we felt like we needed to say something.”

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