The Beat Company wrote:
Is the OVERUSE of the word «sorry» in its provenience rather British or American? (This question particularly arises as the phenomenon lately sloshed the Channel/ the Big Pond and, in the very case, reached the Continent/Germany as a frequent loan word.)
Dear Beat Company, I am sorry that the overuse of the word “sorry” has invaded mainland Europe. I am sorry to say that the source of the sorry issues lies squarely in Britain. People seem to be sorry for everything. This frequently includes breathing, which confuses me as this is the one thing to not be sorry about. The sorry state of affairs there is that almost every conversation includes at least one usage of this apology. I am sorry that I do not know the origin of this continuous need to atone for even the slightest of reasons. I hope that this answers your question. If not, I am sorry.
Hi, Boffin! Do you give medical advice? My right lung has been hurting for almost a month, now, and last week, the whole right side of my torso started feeling very sore. The pain isn’t going away, what do you think is the problem?
Dana, it sounds like everything is working well on the right hand side. Signals are correctly being sent from your nerves to your brain where they are being registered as pain. The fact that you have no signals coming from your left hand side is much more worrisome. I recommend that you quickly see a doctor about these non-responsive pain receptors. This could be symptomatic of undiagnosed nerve or brain damage.
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