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  • I Am Sorry for Dad, Because he Holds More Than I Do 074
    I Am Sorry for Dad, Because he Holds More Than I Do 074
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sorriness worthlessness due to insignificance
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
    • n Sorriness The quality or state of being sorry.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sorriness The state or feeling of being sorry, in any sense.
    • ***


  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.”
  • Richard L. Evans
    Richard L. Evans
    “Keep courage. Whatever you do, do not feel sorry for yourself. You will win in a great age of opportunity.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    “Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.”
  • Ovid
    “A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
  • Erich Segal
    Erich Segal
    “Love means never having to say you're sorry.”


Better safe than sorry - This idiom is used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
What can sorry do? - This means that it is not enough to apologise.


In literature:

I am sorry that I have troubled you with this now.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
I was sorry; yet glad that he would then get away from all this trouble.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
I wish he was like Carrie's father or Dr. Vane; I could tell them I was sorry and really feel sorry.
"Tabitha at Ivy Hall" by Ruth Alberta Brown
And Oswald was almost sorry he had not taken those crystallised fruits.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
This is the last sunset I shall watch on the prairie, and in several ways I'm sorry.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
But I am just as sorry for Miss Denham, if not more sorry.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
I am sorry he is gone.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I'm not altogether sorry.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
I am not sorry that they fit to a finish, for that had to be; but I am sorry that I wrapped 'em in that curtain when I buried 'em.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
I find a strange pleasure in saying things to him that I know I shall be sorry for having said.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
I'm really awfully sorry, but there are lots of other mornings, aren't there?
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
He thought the time had come to make her a little sorry for him, knowing her extreme tenderness of heart.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
I am sorry if you were annoyed.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Now I'm sorry to year it; I really am sorry to year that!
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
You're sorry for yourself; and our young lady here is sorry for us both.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
I am sorry to say Maurice swore softly among the boots, but cat-swearing is not really wrong.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
I sorely fear we shall have a sorry lot of governors when thy law comes to be tried.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
If you are, I'm sorry I was so rough.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
I felt sorry for him last time he came.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
He felt quite sorry for Tiralla, who wasn't a bad fellow, but imposed upon, imposed upon.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig

In poetry:

Come, list to my story,
More sorry, by far,
To her who must tell it,
And you who will hear it,
Than all others are!
"The Babes In The Wood" by Clara Doty Bates
Still stood the proud sher-iff,
A sorry man was he:
"Wo worth thee, Raynold Greenleaf!
Thou hast now betray-ed me."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley
I spar'd it not in storm or toil;
And when I pass afar,
Death will have but a sorry spoil
To grace a conqueror's car.
"Resignation" by Ernest Jones
The sad rain falls from Heaven;
My heart is great with woe—
I have neither a friend nor honour,
Yet I am sorry to go.
"A Farewell" by Amy Levy
His ears hung down in sorry wise,
His eyes were, oh! so sad--
He looked as though he just had lost
The only friend he had.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
You won't be merry? You can't be glad?
Still must you mourn for that home afar?
Well, here is an end of a hope I had,
And I am sorry for Waldemar!
"Karen" by Celia Laighton Thaxter

In news:

Jezebel, we're sorry Kansas City's chihuahua parade didn't live up to your standards of sperm donations and kitten hiccups.
TRAVERSE CITY — Marcus Nidiffer had to be sorry to see the Joliet Slammers leave town.
Sorry for the delay on this post.
Sorry for the cheesy post title, but it was the best thing I could come up with in the second I thought about it.
Jason Aldean says he's sorry.
Jennifer Lind is Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and the author of Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics.
Fiona Apple 'Really Sorry' About Arrest.
Sorry, but you can't just play UPS.
Sorry, Mr Klam, an ace is a fighter pilot who has shot down five enemy planes, not one.
Sorry it's been so quiet on the Geek Speak front lately.
Sorry, no photos are available yet.
We're sorry, the file you were looking for could not be found.
Sorry, you need the latest version of the free flash player in order to watch the video clips.
Or how to have the holiday music category cornered (sorry Elvis).
Then we got real sad at the end sorry.

In science:

When trying to calculate Aut(G1 ) using the Cannon-Holt Algorithm of MAGMA answered: “Sorry, the top factor of order 4089470473293004800 is not currently stored”.
Construction of Fischer's sporadic group Fi'_{24} inside GL_{8671}(13)
And because of this error, all the results in the paper are untrue. I am very sorry for this.
Class-Preserving Automorphisms of a Family of Finite p-Groups
As he once famously said, if experiment were to contradict the theory, he would have “felt sorry for the dear Lord”.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
But we are sorry that Physics Today will be publishing many fewer (whether physicists or astronomers) in the future (Physics Today 58, No.10, p. 10).
Astrophysics in 2006
A gE with little or no dark matter? Sorry, no.
Astrophysics in 2006
As for why they never grew up to live useful lives as sheep, sorry stars, there remains some enthusiasm for the idea that they get ejected prematurely from regions with accretionable material (Guieu et al. 2006), but we caught five votes against, with Basu and Reiners (2006) last in the year.
Astrophysics in 2006
The planet is about three times the mass of Jupiter, and the name arguably even harder to remember than HD numbers (especially the part about “where do the noses - sorry - hyphens39 go?”).
Astrophysics in 2006
Third is a new class of radio transients, which at least look and quack like ducks (sorry, pulsars), though we are not quite sure about the walking as no proper motions were reported.
Astrophysics in 2006
Sorry that the sign convention is opposite to the B-factory experiment.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
We are very sorry to lose Terry’s expertise and enthusiasm so soon after his arrival, but wish him well in his future endeavours. Terry was instrumental in getting the Australian GMOS Imaging Contest (see below) off the ground, and we are grateful that he has agreed to stay involved in this project.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
But I am sorry that this is the first NeuTel without the charming presence of Milla Baldo Ceolin.
Perspectives in Neutrino Physics
Although I did not know him well, I think he would have appreciated the intellectual challenge raised in this intellectual dispute and responded accordingly. I am quite sorry this opportunity will never occur.
Comments on "Confidence distribution, the frequentist distribution estimator of a parameter --- a review" by Min-ge Xie and Kesar Singh
Weinberg’s First Law of Theoretical Physics states 4 : You can use any variables at all to analyze a problem, but if you use the wrong variables you’ll be sorry.
A Goldstone Boson Primer
Although I do not understand the reasoning here, sorry.
Summary of the Workshop ``the QCD Phase Transitions'' Brookhaven National Laboratory, November 4-7 1998
I' m sorry to disappoint these hopes, but I don' t think there is a dynamical reason for the universe to appear four dimensional.
Cosmology from the Top Down