Sorry about that : the language of public apology

Edwin L. Battistella

"In Sorry About That, linguist Edwin Battistella analyzes the public apologies of presidents, politicians, entertainers, and businessmen, situating the apology within American popular culture. Battistella offers the fascinating stories behind these apologies alongside his own analysis of the language used in each. He uses these examples to demonstrate the ways in which language creates sincere or insincere apologies, why we choose to apologize or don't, and how our efforts to say we are sorry succeed or fail. This book covers memorable apologies from Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Mel Gibson, Jane Fonda, Bill Clinton,  Barack Obama, and many more."

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