Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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.
As it says below the comic, Cueball switches his sympathetic "I'm sorry" when Megan does not accept the "I'm sorry" because it was not his fault. Cueball says at the end "I know what I did..."
At the title text, "You know I've always hated her." is an explanation for burning down the house, albeit an insufficient one.
- [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.
- 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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That's kinda hard though, he can't be the cause of everything that ever goes wrong, can he? Davidy²²[talk] 09:03, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
- Well, not directly (at least not intentionally) however chaos theory suggests that he had some contribution even if he did not realize it (or at the vary least he could have taken some actions that would have 'randomly' stopped the event.) Yuriy206 (talk) 18:21, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
- And the point is that he is annoyed by people deliberately mis-interpreting his condolences as an apology. 126.96.36.199 19:24, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
Am I the only one who thinks it is that first "I'm sorry" that is weird and not the "Why? It wasn't your fault." part? I know a lot of people do it but that doesn't make it less weird. Tharkon (talk) 01:05, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
- In regards to contexts such as the one portrayed in the comic, I always thought the phrase "I'm sorry" to be more accurately interpreted along the lines of "I'm sorry that X happened to you". It is a fairly commonplace expression, so I usually get a little irritated when someone responds in a fashion similar to how the person on the left in the comic responded. 188.8.131.52 03:14, 19 November 2014 (UTC) scht
Added title text by splitting a line in the explanation. Let's close this.184.108.40.206 21:29, 20 August 2014 (UTC)