A line jerks love to say.

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10 Responses to A line jerks love to say.

  1. tudza says:

    So you can never say this phrase and really mean it? I expect there must be some intersection.

    • Noilen says:

      Well, it’s not that you don’t mean it, it’s that what the phrase actually means is “I’m not sorry about MY actions, but about YOUR reaction to them, so it’s not really my fault, but yours.” That hardly counts as an apology.

    • Old Geezer says:

      As Noilen says, of course you can both say it and mean it. If you want to be considerate, however, it might take the form, “Sorry I made you feel that way.”

    • Jack Assels says:

      “Sorry” is a wonderfully subtle word. The phrase in question can honestly be used to mean “I am at least marginally less happy knowing that you feel that way than I would have been if it hadn’t come to my attention,” or “I regret that my words/actions had the unintended effect of making you feel that way,” or “What happened was an accident, and I really feel bad for you, but it wasn’t my fault, so don’t blame me” or, as Jessica surely intended, “Life is tough. I kicked your ass. Learn to live with it ’cause I’m going to do the same thing again whenever I feel like it.”

  2. Stripe says:

    Really? Wow. Sorry you feel that way.

    I like this phrase, and use it in roughly equal measure with its slightly less subtle equivalent, “MmmHmm. Bummer for you.”

    Anyway, we all die alone, really.

  3. Surely you can use the line and not be a jerk if

    a) You’re genuinely not sorry.
    b) You still want to express compassion for the hurt.

    Alternatives are either say nothing, or lie and apologise for something you’re not sorry about.

    I think “Sorry you feel that way” is a better solution than either of those.

    • Michele says:

      Exactly! If somebody feels hurt, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve hurt them. If I have, then I apologize for what I’ve said or done. But if they’re seeing something that isn’t there and responding from a place of past hurts, then it doesn’t help either of us for me to offer an apology that isn’t genuine. Yet, I may very well feel sorry that they are hurting and want to express that. It’s too bad that the phrase “I’m sorry you feel that way” is used so often to brush off another person.

  4. Kelley says:

    If you ever listen to the Roderick On the Line podcast this is what they call the “Big City Apology”

  5. Rob says:

    these days, the size of the sets are starting to revert…

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