This country is really absurd sometimes…
But we know we love it, though.
that’s why when I say “sorry” to ppl in the states they always dismiss my display of empathy saying “why are you saying sorry? it’s not your fault.” of course it’s not my fault! I want to help u feel bettah gawddd
"Sorry" means something different in Canada than it does in other places.
In Canada, if something bad happens and you say sorry, it means “I acknowledge that you have been inconvenienced or otherwise harmed, and I am expressing sympathy. I’d prefer it if the bad thing had not happened.”
We apologize for things constantly.
"Sorry I’m late, traffic was horrible!"
Sorry about the traffic.
"Ugh, I think I caught the flu!"
Sorry you have the flu. That must be unpleasant.
"My house was burglarized and everything of value stolen!"
Oh wow, I’m sorry. That’s a terrible experience.
And so on. It’s rude not to apologize, because failing to apologize suggests you do not care.
There is even commercials up here in Canada about how we Canadians like to apologize for everything.
WAIT DO OTHER COUNTRIES NOT DO THIS
lots of places do this? it’s not just canadian, though it happens in varying degrees depending on where you are.
here it’s about a fifty-fifty, really it depends on the person you’re talking to and how they decide to take it. 95% of the time people understand a sympathy sorry vs a guilt sorry. though sometimes there’s this knee-jerk reaction to say not to apologize when you didn’t do anything. it just kind of happens sometimes, even if you know what the person meant.