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(I'm) sorry.

an expression used to excuse oneself politely or apologize, especially when one has collided with someone, when one has offended someone, or to ask someone to repeat what has been said. "I'm sorry," I said to the woman I bumped into. I'm sorry, what did you say? I couldn't hear you.

sorry

and pathetic
mod. pitiful; drawing ridicule or scorn; worthy more of condemnation than pity. (In colloquial use these words are usually used in sarcasm and disgust.) You are one sorry bastard! You are a pathetic person and a pathetic example of a quarterback!

pathetic

verb
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LOOKING at the pathetically staged posturing of Theresa May during her Calais "summit" you'd think she'd got the migrant crisis all under control with the French on side.
But our own politicians have been pathetically slow to react.
The owners pathetically calling the attackers name to "come here" .
Over the past 14 years delivery of new housing has been completely inadequate and pathetically inadequate.
While we will hear political comments via UKIP on the run-up to the 2015 elections, one should ask UKIP if they are providing value for money by taking many thousands of pounds in Euro political allowances and pathetically turning their backs as the orchestra played at the opening of the European Parliament?
Their pathetically small and unpredictable output epitomises the folly of green-dreaming politicians who care not for those whose landscape and wildlife will be permanently damaged, so they can feed the greed of their cronies.
ISLAMABAD -- The much touted program for alleviation of poverty among masses, BISP (Benazir Income Support Program) has itself become pathetically impoverished.
People power is at last taking over from that of the green fanatics who are hell bent on lining the pockets of large international companies whilst ignoring the damage that wind turbines do to our countryside for a pathetically small saving in emissions.
If that is so, then why is the minimum wage so pathetically low?
Rather than wasting everybody's time on seeking to alter or tweak things that fundamentally do not need attention, Racing For Change should focus on the reasons behind the pathetically low Ascot turnout, and ensure it doesn't happen again.
Greatrex said: "The level of service from the Atos phone line has been pathetically inadequate, especially when many of those trying to contact them are in a state of anxiety.
New Labour has been pathetically effete, forgiving all of its sons and daughters for their misdemeanours, elevating many to peerages, which must make Tony Benn feel betrayed by his own.
My husband has just been admitted to hospital, and it is in a pathetically poor state.
Moving charismatically from self-confident to pathetically devastated, Bening makes Deirdre a bewitching presence, one you want to love (or somehow make love you) as much as you want to flee from.
Tad Szulc (pronounced Shultz), the Times correspondent who covered the Bay of Pigs invasion, would later write that Brigade 2506 was the "pathetically brave and pathetically inadequate" force enlisted in "one of the worst conceived, planned, and executed military-intelligence operations in modern history.