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"Sorry, but I expect my kids to be more helpful." — My mother about three hours after yelling at us for pretty much anything about anything, mildly cut and censored.
This is the kind of non-apology I deal with on a near-daily basis, where my mother decides to only start with a "sorry", but it's really just blaming us more for anything about anything, which is usually about someone not doing some particular thing around the house, even if they do everything else.
It's always the "but" that makes it offensive, and they try to pass it off as an apology.
Of course, not only do I see it a lot, but I make it very clear that I'm not actually apologizing for being offensive when I do it. From me, it's more like, "I didn't mean to actually insult you; I just don't know how to put what I [tried to have] said [constructively] nicely... so I didn't." I was raised in a "do unto others as you would like done to yourself" house, too, so I'm expecting that they should be just as straight with me for the same purpose.
On the rare occasion, yeah. "I'm sorry you feel that way" is the one I've used before. I don't think I've ever seen anyone give out an apology like that before, not that I can recall anyway. On another note "I'm sorry if I offended you" seems like a legit apology to me.
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This is one of my biggest peeves, actually. I despise when people do this and I usually call them out on it. Likewise, because it bothers me so much, I never do it myself- or if I ever do, it'd just be bad wording on my part. I don't this "I'm sorry I offended you" falls into this category, because it meant just that you didn't mean for them to interpret it in the wrong way, and if you knew it would, you wouldnt say it in the first place, but you may still stand by it.
I never do that. But it's mostly because I just don't apologize. I wouldn't do anything I'm ashamed of admitting or unproud of. Thus even if someone did get offended, I wouldn't care so much--to each their own. But I'm not perfect, so...when I do concede that I am fault, I apologize, quite genuinely.
Being wrong isn't "bad", failing to admit that you are, is.
I do these a lot, I think. I try to catch myself because I know it's annoying and it doesn't sound very sincere but I'm just not good at wording apologies. :/ It wouldn't surprise me if I offended even more with half the apologies I do take the initiative to make.
That said, I don't notice when I make those kinds of apologies since I don't usually notice when others do it unless the apology itself is another insult altogether. :s
I'm not the best when it comes to wording apologies either. I trip over my words, even, when attempting to apologize, no matter how sincere I am, and, of course, doing so makes it seem even less sincere. 'I'm sorry about that,' is an apology I use extremely often but I can never come up with anything else to say. It's become my go-to apology, and I've tried to wean myself off of it to no avail.
It's easy to see through these. There's really no reason to pretend you're actually apologizing. It just makes you look juvenile, especially if you insist that you have apologized after someone calls you out on it.
If someone's not going to apologize sincerely I'd rather they didn't say anything and just go away. That, or I'd want to argue it out because sometimes I just need to argue something out.
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I don't do these because it drives me up the wall when people do it to me.
The form of a non-apology apology that I really hate is the "I'm sorry, but..." like, "I'm sorry, but you wouldn't do what you were told." It's really saying "this is your fault but I'm apologising for appearances." and that's just not good enough.