Different Ways to Say Im Sorry

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The Apology


We’ve all done it – screwed up at some point in our lives. And if we are a big enough person we can apologize for it. No, its not always easy to apologize and yes sometimes it is downright painful to suck up that ego and swallow that pride. But it can be necessary in order to salvage a relationship. And guess what? The bigger your screw up the bigger your apology should be. Here are 10 ways to say you’re sorry – starting with an itty bitty two word sentiment for number 10 and ending with the grandest gesture of them all for number 1.


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How to Say Im Sorry

10 – Send an apology box of chocolates to your diabetic brother or “sorry-flowers” to your girlfriend who is violently allergic. Yes, the thought was there but you also tried to kill the person – so you get the bottom of the apology-chain for this one. And hey, don’t expect the person to forgive you, ok?

9 – Call and say “Hey, dude – I’m like really sorry and stuff”. Hopefully you are a frat boy and your victim is too, or this apology might not go over so well. Try this one on Grandma for stepping on her new sewing basket and she might hit you over the head with said basket.

8 – Write I’m sorry on a piece of notebook paper, fold it in half, tape it shut and slap a 44 cent stamp on it. Then drop the paper in the mail. Don't explain why you're sorry and don't explain your behavior - I'm sure this one will go over reeeal well.

7 – Show up to apologize face to face and offer a sincere apology. Explain how you screwed up and why it will never happen again. “Barb, I’m really sorry I slept with your boyfriend. It was a huge mistake – well not HUGE – but a mistake nonetheless. I know it hurt you and for that I am immensely sorry. I will never do anything like this again.” THEN be sure to change the conversation to you and your heartbreak because the guy didn’t bother to call you the next day.


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More Ways to Say I'm Sorry

6 – Make a card that expresses your true feelings for the victim and slide an apology into the text somewhere. For example, “You are the highlight of my life – my best friend who has been there for me since we met. I couldn’t imagine doing anything fun without you. You mean the world to me and I am so sorry for crashing your car.

5 – Make a card that expresses your true feelings for the victim as with number 6 but also include a “mix tape” of all the top songs of your victim’s favorite musical genre. Of course you cannot really put this on tape – rather you will have to burn it to a disc. Then create a label for the disc using pictures you know your victim will appreciate.

4 – Offer the victim to do his or her least favorite chore once a week for the next year. For example, “hey Dan – I’m totally sorry I traded your bike for a cheeseburger. I will clean your toilet every Tuesday for the next year to show how sorry I really am.” Hopefully your brother Dan won’t take advantage of this offer by being the biggest slob this side of the equator for the next year. Either way, good luck. Ick.


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Awesome Ways to Say I'm Sorry

3 – Dedicate an entire web page or Hub to your victim. Explain to the world why you suck and what you did that was so wrong. Also explain why you are sorry and what you plan to do in the future to keep from repeating the mistake. For an example please see My Mom is My Best Friend.

2 – Buy, or better yet BE, a singing telegram. If you cannot afford a singing telegram you can dress up in a horrendous outfit and show up at your victim’s door. As soon as he or she answers your knock you can start belting out an awful rendition of “I’m sorry”. Please see video to right if you need help. Your humiliation alone should be enough to get your forgiven for just about anything.

1 – Here is the biggie and you better be willing to put in a lot of expense for this one. Choose a travel destination you know your victim will love. Then purchase 2 tickets to that destination and choose a gift basket to fill with themed items. For example, you purchase two tickets to Hawaii and place them in a gift basket filled with a pineapple, two leis, a Hawaiian skirt, and some sun block. Stick in a “Im so sorry card” and send the basket to your victim. One of two things will happen – your victim will weep with joy and invite you on the trip with him or her OR your victim will laugh out of spite and invite a new, better friend on the trip. Either way you will know where you stand. Apology accepted or denied.


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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

lolol Very cute and funny!..Saying your sorry always counts for something no matter how cheesy it may sound at the time..lol I like the singing telegram..that has got to win points. Ardie you have such a great sense of humor..I love it! Thanks for the smiles. The little puppy pout would work for me..but then I am a total softy...hahaha

Sunnie


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I like #1....I hope I get tickets for a vaca soon!!! When I'm wrong I never have a problem saying I'm sorry. It takes me awhile sometimes to figure out if I'm actually wrong!! Haha! Super hub!!:)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

How cute! If someone looked at me like that poor whipped puppy all would be forgiven. This is a great hub and may keep many people out of the dog house this Valentine's Day. Great job!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

The puppy face is precious. I've grown up to forgive any bad things that happen.


marellen 4 years ago

LOL..............fun and more fun. I need to remember these they are great. Thanks for the evening smile. Priceless.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG!! I want that precious puppy!! I want him now! He's so damned cute I can't stand it!!!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

The photo of that adorable beagle got me! How cute is that. Voted beautiful for the puppy!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

it's great to say your sincerest apology with that cute puppy...


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

These are all great ideas. And that puppy picture is superb. Voting this Up and Useful.


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nuchime 4 years ago from philippines

WOW!! Very funny...What a great way to apologize...

Voted up!!!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Your ideas about saying sorry are very interesting. I'm sure to follow some of these. Thanks for sharing.


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

First of all, I love the puppy picture. Just a picture of that puppy says I am sorry. I would also like a hub all about how someone is sorry for doing me wrong. What a great idea! Too funny, great hub!


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sankari.nayagam 4 years ago

Sometimes saying sorry is a difficult task. But your funny ideas make it seem easier!! I liked the 4th one!!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Hahaha. . Very funny!

Excellent hub with great humor.

How can anyone not accept an apology, if the apology was said with a look just like that remorseful puppy.

Well done!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Aww. What a cute hub. :D There could be some hubs in my future dedicated to various people. Hehehehe. Just kidding. But, this is great.


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

Very entertaining hub. Thanks for the 10 suggestions. They may come in handy one day,


kelleyward 4 years ago

Awesome Hub Ardie! I love the puppy. I think that looks says I'm sorry the best!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Love the puppy - I am ready to forgive. Great suggestions. At least my normal apology made it to #9. LOL


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Congratulations on hub #14, Ardie. The Brenda Lee song enhances the reading nicely. Now, being diabetic will you get my address from Simone Smith and send me the candy. I promise I won't tell my PCDoc = primary care doc where they came from. I'll practice some of what I learned reading "How to Argue on the Internet" to offend then I get a box of chocolates, right? Promise! (wow some Girl Scout Cookies would work too!)

Well I'm off for now. Most likely to check out #10 - Interview with a Six Year Old Comic then turn toward Simone's "The Future of Radical Honesty."

That will be interesting. Have fun on your 30 Day Challenge Adventure with words and ideas - awesome!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

LOL voted up. Love that puppy. I haven't had any reason to apologize lately but if I ever do I think it might be a large apology splashed all over Facebook. What do you think? Would that work? and perhaps a YouTube video with the Beatles singing I wanna hold your hand. lol


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

Very neat ways to say sorry indeed! Congrats on your creativity. :D So does this mean I can now make the same mistake 10 times, I just have to move on to the next and cooler method each time I say sorry for it?


jenubouka 4 years ago

innovative and soooo funny Ardie! Ironically I am sure these all have been executed.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Ardie you are so much fun. I love this hub. #7 is just too funny and that has got to be one of the saddest 'I'm sorry puppy faces' I have ever seen - too cute! You are very creative and I enjoy seeing what you come up with. Keep em' coming! Thanks for sharing :)

voted up!


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

That puppy is just too cute, I can't take it. Gotta go get some tissue paper.


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Very funny way to get people to understand that it's more than okay, and preferable, to own up and apologize. Great hub!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ardie, you're a riot! These suggestions had me laughing! Voted up!

JSMatthew~


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Sunnie! I agree with you – some people won’t even bother to say sorry when they’ve done something wrong. To me, saying sorry admits a person was wrong and they won’t do it again…hopefully :) For the record, I still get all soft and gooey inside when I see that puppy pic and I stared at it hundreds of times!

Sunshine my girl, I would definitely let someone do something wrong by me if it meant a trip to Hawaii :) Im the opposite of you – Im one of those people who says sorry even if I KNOW I’m not the one to blame.

Hi Tammy! Thanks for reading. That puppy would get me to do anything for him. A million treats? Okay. A new deluxe doggie house? Okay :)

Hi writer 20, forgiveness can really take a strong person sometimes. But it only makes that person bigger in the end.

Hi marellen :) Thanks for the super sweet comment!

Hello fpher!! I need that puppy too hahah I saw the pic and KNEW I had to use it even though it wasn’t my original idea.

Hi Sinea, thanks for the vote! I will take it any way I can get it ;)

Hi Raci Yes, add that pup to any apology and you’re instantly forgiven

Hi alcosin :) thanks for the votes!!

Hello nuchime and Vinaya, thank you both for reading! If you use these ideas let me know how it works, ok?

Hi truthfornow :)I love that puppy too!! I named him Pebbles.

Hello sankari, it can be very difficult – that’s why I am fast to forgive anyone who apologizes

SanneL and ITcoach, my sentiments exactly! That puppy could get away with things I’d never forgive anyone else for hahah

Cclitgirl, thanks for stopping in! You’re so funny – but at least then you would have a lot of GOOD hubs :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Wmhseo – I try not to be too prideful to apologize if I did someone wrong – but it still isn’t ever easy!

Kathleen :) Thanks you very much!

Kelleyward and Millionaire Tips- thank you both for reading. I would buy that puppy an ice cream cone hahah

Tsmog, thank you so much! Im glad to see you around again. I will not send you candy and guess what: hey, dude Im like sorry and stuff :) Thanks for all your support always!

Gypsy Rose, I apologize just about daily hahah I have a knack for saying the wrong thing which gets me into trouble often. And a huge video tribute to a victim is an EXCELLENT idea! That competes with my #1

Hi Haunty, no please don’t do the same thing 10 times thinking you’ll get away with it by saying sorry. Usually an apology also means you wont do the same misdeed again!!

Jenubouka, thank you so much! Sadly, Im sure they have been. I know I alone can attest to using at least 6 of them! And Im poor if that gives you any idea which I have used :)

Hi missolive! Thank you for all the sweet and encouraging words! And I’ve decided I will use that puppy on ANY sorry card I ever have to send out – he is getting quite the reaction.

Time2rite, Thanks and I agree – it IS more than ok to own up and apologize!

JS Matthew, hey there and thanks :)


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is really funny but I think in all seriousness if you're truly sorry, it'll be received properly. At least better than how it turned out in this hub :)!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Ardie I am laughing my head off. this is so cute. I may have to try a few of them myself.. lol..

Great hub. I needed a laugh this morning.

debbie


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello Alecia :) I agree - a sincere apology is worth more than any stupid trip to Hawa-oh, who am I kidding?! (But seriously...I'd rather a sincere apology too.)

Deborah Brooks :) Thanks for the laugh! If you try number 9 let me know how it works out hahah Your profile pic looks so sweet - I bet nobody would expect you to go "frat boy" on them!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is awesome. Sending a box of chocolates to someone diabetic not only says sorry... it says I am sorry you are still alive. How sweet! Voted up and shared! :-)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I had to chuckle at #10!


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Saying your sorry shows you ar wrong and that is OK cause we are all humane. It is what the other person says that rally counts...If they hold resentment and anger towards you never live in the unforgiving they offer as it will only hold you captive... Great hub and one I have bookmarked.

Hugs from Canada


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Ardie, you've given a couple of excellent ways to say "I am sorry" in here. I am sending this to my daughter, for she, just like her father, finds it extremely difficult to say she is sorry when she is in fact very sorry about something she should not have done. Not one of us is perfect, we are constantly hurting each other and most of the time without the intention of doing so. Saying 'I am sorry' immediately clear the air, blowing grudges away before they can shoot roots in our systems.

Voted up and awesome!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

An awesome hub. The first thing that grabbed me was that photo of the oh so cute puppy.

Great ideas, love the singing telegram.

Voting up


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

u are too funny ardie... the ashamed puppy is enough for me to accept any apology. up funny and shared...


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Pretty good hub...like #6.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

lololo! I like #8 and #3 but honestly I enjoyed all of the apologies! Thumbs up! :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello Jeannie :) I love it – “I’m also sorry you’re still alive”. That reminds me of Valentine’s Day. My husband insists on getting me roses even though having them in the house makes me sick. Does he REALLY forget every year?! Haha Thanks for the votes and the shares

Hi Audrey! Im glad you got a laugh from this.

Hello Rolly, I agree apologizing is not the easiest thing in the world so it can sometimes take real strength to admit being wrong. Luckily it doesn’t happen often with me :)

Martie! Hi :) I joked with Rolly above. I know I am often wrong and I have no problem apologizing for my mistakes. Sometimes it takes me a bit to work up the nerve because I am afraid my apology will get rejected – but I always end up there!

Hello Rosemay :)How cute is that little fella, right? I would forgive anything of him! He gives new meaning to the term puppy dog eyes

Hi PDX :) Thanks for reading and sharing! I love that puppy too – when I visit my Hub I always giggle and say “aaaaAAAWW!”

Hi iamaudraleigh :)Thank you for reading! Number 6 is a true story :(

Hello aevans! Thanks for reading and for the thumbs up. I hope people realize I have NEVER had to apologize because Im always right – so I hope these work! (j/k hahah)


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

I am in awe of your sweetness in this hub. I barely got past the head photo. Beautifully written Ardie!

Lisa


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hey there Lisa :) Im glad you were able to get past the sweet puppy eyes to read my article hehe He is pretty cute huh?!


Calvins mommy 4 years ago

Lol. Or play hangman. And make the word sorry:)


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vparker 4 years ago from From Mars

It takes a brave person to admit wrongdoings, and to accept the blame. Sometimes you just want to run and hide, but I think that only makes things worse. Great hub, voted up.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Calvin's mommy, that is SUCH a cute and sweet idea - I will use it :) thans!

Hello vparker, it does take some hoompa to admit a mistake. It took me years and years to be able to just own up to something. Thanks for the vote


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

lol... it's impossible to stay mad at a puppy


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

I agree PDX, especially one as cute and soft looking as they guy above :P


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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila

I love the way you presented the alternatives. Yup, it is indeed difficult to apologize at times, but it's never an excuse to do it lamely. :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi there yougotme :) There is NEVER a good enough excuse for a lame apology. If you have to do it you may as well just do it right! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub;I truly loved it and have to vote up.

Take care Ardie and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Eddy :) Im so glad you enjoyed this one. It was actually an idea I got from a friend and it worked out rather well!


turntogod 4 years ago

Dear

I am writing to you today to ask for your forgiveness. I now understand how much I hurt you and how much pain I caused you. This is not easy for me to admit because doing so causes me pain. For it was never my intention to hurt you. I am not going to make excuses for my behavior

I now see that pointing fingers and blaming you was the coward’s way out. I could have communicated like a man, but I took the easy way out, the path of least resistance. And although that path was easy for me, I now see how much it hurt and affected you. And for that I am truly sorry.

I also want to apologize for every time that I did not live up to and honor my commitment with you. I now see that every time I lied, every time I cheated, every time I put you down and blamed you I was doing what was best for me without taking into consideration how it was going to affect you. It was very selfish of me and I’m sorry. Instead of talking to you and communicating how I was feeling I ran away, like a little boy, too afraid to speak the truth.

You deserved to be treated with love and respect and I failed. I am no longer willing to be the victim and blame everyone and everything for my mistakes and shortcomings. I will no longer try to blame and make you wrong for things that were my fault

But what sad den’s me the most is that my mistakes has caused you to put up walls and close yourself off to the person you know I truly am, My actions have allowed someone else the opportunity to know what a beautiful and loving person that you are. The pain I have caused has scarred my heart so bad I don’t want to know anything more or less, It’s what I feel

I do not deserve the ability and power to take that away from you. I am simply someone who has made some mistakes because I was dealing with my own shortcomings and faults. Unfortunately you became the victim of some problems.

Instead of being a man and dealing with my stuff, I ran from it and even worse, I projected it onto you.

If I could go back in time and erase the things I did which caused pain, I would in a heartbeat. But I can’t. I can only sit here and do one thing, say I was wrong and I am sorry.

In closing I want to say that I understand that you will probably never forget the hurt and pain I have caused you and those close to you. I don’t expect you to. But I hope you will find it in your heart to forgive me, not for me, but for you. For I now see and understand the ramifications of my choices and decisions. I ask you to forgive me so you can free yourself form the shackles that have imprisoned your heart and kept you from experiencing the love you deserve.

I wish you nothing but life’s blessings.

Sincerely,

Something for R.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Wow TTG - You sure showed all of us the real way to say sorry. Thanks!


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

turntoGod,

Dude, I hope this is a beautiful repentance to the Lord. If not, it's a bit creepy. Please clarify bro.

~ jim


turntogod 4 years ago

clarify nothing i was and am in the wrong and if i could tell her something this would be it, but shes long gone and never thinkin of me so ,that;'s that


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Ardie,

A great hub, but then all your hubs are great---and I enjoyed this one--I want that puppy.

I am so tenderhearted that I am always the first to say I am sorry it I hurt someone in anyway---and I try to always treat everyone the way I want to be treated.

If I find someone who does not meet by standards of relating to people then I do not have anything to do with them. I do not waste my time.

So, now I will shut my mouth. I wish you a wonderful week.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

Should do the 10 worst non-apologies (mostly from politicians) who don't actually apologize and appear to only be sorry to being caught!

The e-Sorry - "A bad apology is worse than no apology."

BTW - I've used that very same picture of the puppy! I've also used a cartoon of a horse's ass.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Bobbi, Im so pleased you enjoyed this! (And that dog is just an evil ploy to drag people in to my Hub haha.) I tend to be too free with my apologies also. I think that just makes a better people :)

Hi ptosis :) You should do that Hub on bad apologies! I will link it here if you give me a heads up via email or comment here. I agree that the e-sorry is just about as lame as it gets. I wouldn’t even accept one. If you’re truly sorry then call and tell me if we are too far apart for a visit. Thanks for reading!


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minstrelmike 3 years ago

Hi Ardie, I thought I would add to this by sharing a song I wrote for a client, there's no video on this one of me surprising her and singing this song live, but I have linked to the audio of the song that was on the CD that I presented to her. Notice all the personal details that were included in the song, the funny details are just as important as the sincere apology.

http://www.reverbnation.com/minstrelgreetings/song...

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