945: I'm Sorry
Title text: You know I've always hated her.
In many English speaking countries, including the US, when someone presents the other with bad news, they respond with a sympathetic "I'm sorry". That is different from the apologetic "I'm sorry" that a person would give for something that is their fault. Some people, however, choose to be pedantic and refuse to accept the phrase, since the other person isn't guilty of anything. This can be annoying to people who view it as a common phrase which should be accepted as a normal idiosyncrasy of the language.
As it says below the comic, Cueball switches his sympathetic "I'm sorry" when Megan, being pedantic, does not accept the "I'm sorry" because it was not his fault. Instead of agreeing with her, Cueball says "I know what I did...", implying that he DID, in fact, burn down her mother's house, an act which she would not expect.
At the title text, "You know I've always hated her." is an explanation for burning down the house, albeit an insufficient one. It is unlikely that he actually burned her house down, but rather is simply teaching Megan a lesson not to nitpick so much.
- [Megan and Cueball are standing next to each other having a conversation.]
- Megan: My Mom's house burned down.
- Cueball: Oh! I'm sorry!
- Megan: Why? It's not your fault.
- Cueball: It's nice of you to say that, but I know what I did.
- [Caption below the panel:]
- It annoys me when people interpret an obviously sympathetic "I'm sorry" as an apology, so I've started responding by making it one.
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