Remember Boy George’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” song? I’ve had it in my head all day as I was musing about things we say that we would be better of not saying.
The line: “If I really wanted to hurt you, _____.” This could end a number of ways: “I’d do such-and-such,” or “you’d know it!” or “such-and-such would happen.” Let’s face it: there’s no good way for this kind of line to end. It’s not going to help the situation. We probably mean, “Hey, I’m so sorry: I didn’t mean to hurt you at all.” However, that’s not exactly how it comes across. Continue reading “What Not to Say When You’re Sorry”