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SashaQ - happysad Started conversation Apr 18, 2014
Hello Happy Nerd
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I enjoyed this I tweaked the GuideML and a few House Style points, and added some links, so I hope that's OK for you.
In the Peer Review thread, a couple of extra things were mentioned - "Benghazi" and "mistakes were made" - if there is something you'd like to add to the Entry, let me know and I'll put it in for you.
8584330 Posted Apr 25, 2014
Sasha! Kak dela?
Thanks for your work on this so far. There are a couple of rough spots that could use a bit of work.
Instead of this:
"Return to your previous thoughtless behavior with minimal effort by making an insincere apology.”
Please put this:
"Would you like to return to your previous thoughtless behavior with minimal effort? You can - by making an insincere apology.”
Let me get the rest of it together...
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Sep 7, 2014
Thank you - have you had chance to look at this again yet?
8584330 Posted Sep 9, 2014
Not really. Still amidst the putting up of food. Writing season starts once the crops are in and the harvest celebration is over.
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 9, 2015
8584330 Posted Jan 25, 2015
Hi Sasha. I hope your winter holidays were enjoyable. Mine were interrupted by illness (mine and others) and death (others, obviously), but some parts were still enjoyable.
So, 2015, despite the rough start, is off and running.
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 29, 2015
Hi Happy Nerd
Thanks for getting in touch, and sorry to hear you didn't have a very good winter holiday. My bereavement was in summer, so I was able to prepare myself somewhat to get through the lonely times, and did enjoy most of the festive period.
2015 up and running indeed, and I look forward to hearing from you again soon.
8584330 Posted Feb 5, 2015
I'm sorry for your loss, Sasha.
Actually I noticed only one spot that seemed a bit rough. Does this look better?
Constructing an Insincere Apology
You can mix 'sorry' with other words to create meaningless or insulting pseudo-apologies. Avoid placing the word 'sorry' near a verb describing your actions. Suppose that you broke your promise to give a friend a lift after work on a rainy day. Whatever you do, don’t say, "I’m sorry I wasn’t there to give you a lift, like I promised. I messed up, completely.”
Instead apologize for a meteorological event, and toss in an excuse and an insult.
"I'm sorry about the rain. My meeting ran late. You look like a drowned rat."
Or, you can include the word 'sorry' in any rambling speech:
"I'm sorry my meeting ran late. And it was raining today, too. Don't you have an umbrella? Aw, bless your heart."
SashaQ - happysad Posted Feb 5, 2015
8584330 Posted Feb 6, 2015
It looks fine to me, Sasha, and I really like the graphic, very appropriate.
8584330 Posted Feb 11, 2015
Thanks for your work, and your patience.
h2g2 Guide Editors Posted Mar 23, 2015
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