mea culpa


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mea culpa

An admission or expression of guilt or personal error. The Latin phrase literally means "through my fault." Mea culpa, I should have done more thorough research before making such bold accusations.

my bad

That was my mistake; I admit that that was my fault. Primarily heard in US. Susan: "Jerry, I asked you to do the dishes an hour ago, and they're still piled in the sink!" Jerry: "Oops, my bad, honey. I'll do them right now."
See also: bad

my bad

VERY INFORMAL
People say my bad to mean that something is their fault. Whoops! Sorry dudes! My bad!
See also: bad

my bad

used to acknowledge responsibility for a mistake. North American informal
See also: bad

mea ˈculpa

(from Latin, often humorous) used when you are admitting that something is your fault: ‘Who broke this glass?’ ‘Mea culpa,’ Frank said.
The meaning of the Latin phrase is ‘my fault’.

ˈmy bad

(American English, informal) used when you are admitting that something is your fault or that you have made a mistake: I’m sorry — my bad.No, it’s my bad. I’m the one that got caught taking stuff.
See also: bad

My bad

phr. It’s my fault and I’m sorry. My bad. It won’t happen again.
See also: bad

my bad

Slang
Used to acknowledge that one is at fault.
See also: bad

mea culpa

It’s my fault, my mistake. The term was taken over from Latin as far back as the 1200s and continues to be used in this way. Ian Rankin had it in Strip Jack (1992), “‘You haven’t had a proper lock fitted yet.’ ‘Mea culpa, Inspector. Fear not, one’s on its way.’” A newer slangy version of this ancient Latin expression is my bad, only a few decades old but ubiquitous enough to be considered a cliché. Novelist John Lescroart used it in The Hunt Club (2009): “‘Yeah, you’re right, I’m sorry. My bad.’ Juhle hung his head.”
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DISY shot back with a harsh statement, saying that for Christofias to ask others for a 'mea culpa' -- Latin for 'my mistake' -- was the "most provocative farce".
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Irwin, mea culpa. I incorrectly assumed that all concrete is internally vibrated.
But his mea culpa about the Wal-Mart deal wouldn't ring so hollow if he had volunteered to return every penny he made off it.