[LINK] [OT] "we say sorry"
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Feb 13 12:53:30 EST 2008
At 12:21 +1100 13/2/08, Brendan Scott wrote:
>Listening to the PM on the radio I found his phraseology odd. I
>would have thought we "are" sorry would be more direct and natural.
>I recall reading somewhere that Graham Freudenberg et al have
>recently been lamenting the decline of public rhetoric.
A QC had advised that 'we are sorry' created greater risk of a
successful lawsuit for a billion-dollar fund than 'we say sorry'.
[Oh, alright, I made that up]
But fancy a *lawyer* missing this subtle point (:-)}
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