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The Standard Apology

We often hear calls for politicians to apologise. But how many of us recall that apologising and saying sorry have almost opposite meanings? The ancient Greek word ‘apologia’ (ἀπολογία’) referred to the public defence of a religious belief. This is very different from expressing heartfelt remorse (i.e. as in saying ‘sorry’). Never mind, we might still need someone (or some thing) to excuse us, once we’re gone…


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