In my opinion, Elton John had it right when he sang "Sorry seems to be the hardest word". It should be a word used sparingly because it means so much more then we think. According to the Oxford Dictionary, it means "pained, regretful, penitent..." I don't like to apologize much and try very hard to avoid things for which I would have to apologize. So, it is truly annoying when people (mostly women) go around saying "I'm sorry" for the smallest of things like accidentially bumping into someone or blocking your view in the grocery aisle. I'm sorry, but it's annoying (see how I wasn't really apologizing?). These two little words have so invaded our everday vernacular they mean something other than what they were intended to mean. When you accidentally bump into someone, are you really expressing pained or regretful feelings? No! Of course not (unless you accidentially bumped someone off a staircase or a bridge). When you bump into someone, you say "Excuse me," not "I'm sorry". Save your sorrys for those times that it actually pains you to utter those two little words. When you are literally choking on the words, then you know you are using them correctly.