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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SORRY

"I am sorry you couldn't agree with Halbert Davis, Robert," she said, with a sigh.

Which was very ugly in me, and I cried afterwards and told her how sorry I was.

I—I think that's all—and I'm sorry we're not—our families are not to be friends any more.

She is a fine mare, and I am sorry to lose her, but we cannot help it.

I forgive you, if you are sorry for the fault, and my arms are ready to receive you.

I am sorry my case is so circumstanced, that I cannot comply.

I'm sorry I asked the little brute, but I couldn't avoid it.

They were sorry for the little white-faced, palpitating thing.

She's that sorry, God help her, you wouldn't know the thing she'd do.

I am sorry he made such a smash at last, but it is all that could be expected.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sarig "distressed, grieved, full of sorrow" (not found in the physical sense of "sore"), from Proto-Germanic *sairiga- "painful" (cf. Old Saxon serag, Middle Dutch seerigh "sore; sad, sorry," Dutch zeerig "sore, full of sores," Old High German serag, Swedish sårig "sore, full of sores"), from *sairaz "pain" (physical and mental); related to *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (see sore (adj.)). Meaning "wretched, worthless, poor" first recorded mid-13c. Spelling shift from -a- to -o- by influence of sorrow. Apologetic sense (short for I'm sorry) is attested from 1834; phrase sorry about that popularized 1960s by U.S. TV show "Get Smart." Related: Sorrily; sorriness.

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