24 August 2015

Of the NOTapology

i)               In all of my life including the times I worked as a nurse practitioner and as a veterinary practitioner and as a veterinary microbiology professor and as myself an animal lover and owner many times over, I never even one time, then, considered that of what my dear and young yet longtime friend has just this summer taught me:  one form of elder abuse, an incredibly determined, cruel and heinous one, is where someone maims and purposefully injures or kills an old woman’s cat.

ii)              Of the notapology:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-apology_apology with thus ! 
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From http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/05/14/183924858/its-true-mistakes-were-made-is-the-king-of-non-apologies, thus, “No less an authority on language than the late William Safire, in his Safire's Political Dictionary, devoted an entry to the oft-used phrase ( “mistakes were made” and “whatever mistakes were made” and “IF mistakes were made” [ How slippery are those three notapologies ! I personally in all 88 of her years breathing never heard out of Annabelle Maas, a person who loathed the fact that she birthed three daughters instead of sons and of whom she was soooo, so jealous, anything that was a true apology, only ever from her the IF notapology !  Always ! ] ) — describing it as "a passive - evasive way of acknowledging error while distancing the speaker from responsibility for it."

And https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/?s=notapology&searchsubmit=Find+%C2%BB = has inside these posts, several instances thereof … … and even more notapology examples and no accountability – excusals here from the New York Times’ Mr Bruce McCall of http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/22/weekinreview/the-perfect-non-apology-apology.html:  who “… … -- teaches that, with sufficiently artful double talk, you can get what you want by seeming to express regret while actually accepting no blame.  And this can work even if you're in the wrong!   Study the examples below to see how this ingenious strategy can be used to resolve virtually any knotty impasse.”

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