Sorry shopportunities!

Snarky non-apologizing is tres chic right now. Ironic fashion is everything. So let’s unapologetically check out some merch.

First we have this “Sorry Not Sorry” hat from Urban Outfitters. Express your disdain for emotional generosity via a watchcap!  Continue reading

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I was JUST going to SAY that!


Photo: Herbert Rose Barraud. Public domain.

That’s what I’ve been saying all along. To myself. And a few trusty friends.

Charles Darwin was very intelligent, thoughtful, and hardworking. And a big worrier.

One thing he worried about was how people would respond to his theory of evolution by natural selection. He knew people would fuss about it. They would say he was wrong, stupid, and bad. He worried that a whole lot of people could be a whole lot of angry. Perhaps he sensed that bumper stickers might ensue.

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Oscar Pistorius apologizes

Not well.

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Wet conditions

Violent rain in a Western city.

Image: Robert Koehler. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Public domain.

Yes, the dog is on a leash.

Driver illegally moving into crosswalk, looking right, planning a turn, not seeing pedestrians – a family crossing in the crosswalk, legally, from the left, a child racing pointlessly ahead.

Driver sees family – a little late. Halts.

Nothing bad happens.

Mother of family glares at driver. Family crosses safely and walks on in pouring rain.

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Whoops. Did I get you in trouble with the union?

Photo: MadAdminSkilz. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Persons in Sheffield, UK, indicating their wish to retain their pension plans without modification.

In her new book, The Art of Apology, Lauren Bloom – who has a J.D., don’t forget – tells the story of “Eric,” a humble professional financial advisor who made a big mistake.

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James Van Der Beek acted like a schmuck

Despite the headline (“James Van Der Beek Apologizes to Mike Birbiglia”) this is not an apology. James Van Der Beek never actually says “I’m sorry I gave you a look of horror when you said we looked alike…and I’m ALSO sorry that I called you out on Facebook and Twitter for lying about it ever happening.” Continue reading

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This zone safe from tutu wordplay

Photo: Fanny Schertzer/Maedin/Julia W. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, & 1.0 Generic licenses.

Does Chenxin Liu think the tutu makes her jump higher?

The April issue of SELF, the magazine whose title makes me mutter “Really?” has a snarky section called “BS METER: Our SELF-y guide to what’s legit and what’s lame this month.”

Edgy! Attitudinal! What could go wrong?

How about this: with a colorful photo of two beaming women running in T-shirts, tutus, and caps, the text: “NEW RUNNING TULLE: A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”

It’s a really efficient specimen of high-school type meanness. With “Tulle” (=tool, get it?) and “epidemic,” it says YOU ARE UNORIGINAL. With “lame” it says YOU LOOK STUPID. With “froufrou” it says YOU DO “FEMALE” WRONG. With “people think” it says YOU ACTUALLY ARE STUPID. And with “people run[ning] away from you” it says EVERYBODY HATES YOU.

They didn’t even need “Your mother dresses you funny.”

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Hey baby! Big points for: human. But the dog was here first.

Photo used with permission of Raquel D'Apice,

Uh huh. Who ya gonna shake hands with first?

The Ugly Volvo is a blog by writer and stand-up comic Raquel D’Apice. Recently she posted a powerful open letter containing 10 apologies.

They’re all to her dog Tig, for the sharp decreases in Tig’s quality of life since a baby arrived – the curtailed walks, the lack of personal attention, the delayed mealtimes, and the OUTRAGEOUS FAVORITISM shown to one who can’t even wag its tail or lick its own chops, let alone walk on a leash.

All this even though Tig is a very good dog.

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Oy, Dov. Oy, LRN.

Remember our dainty feminine foot-stomping when New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin decided to launch a feature called Apology Watch, with the help of business consultant Dov Seidman? Remember how Sorkin wouldn’t reply to our emails? (Though we did hear from his editor and from Seidman, inviting us to “connect and explore” and “contribute to the dialogue,” in condescending there-there-little-bear tones?)


Click for Dov vid! Which is almost a palindrome!

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Physician, (apologize and) heal thyself

You should probably apologize if you perform a hair transplant with a pizza cutter.

You should probably apologize if you perform a hair transplant with a pizza cutter.

Our pal Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch, who’s also the VP of MedPage Today, alerted us to a terrific MedPage Today video about how and why doctors should apologize. It’s not embeddable, but you can watch it here.

A summary of the key points:

Two out of 10 malpractice claims arise as a result of poor communication between doctors and patients. When doctors own up to what happened and apologize, patients are less likely to sue. Continue reading

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