Do they mean the same thing?*
It doesn’t look like it to me.*
If a person says to you: I’m sorry to have inconvenienced you
Would it mean the same as: Thank you so much for your help
I ask you this because my husband seems to think these words are interchangeable.Instead of saying, “thank you for taking me to the pharmacy after you got home from work. I know you don’t like going out again after you’re home” – he chose to say, “I am sorry for being such an inconvenience to you”.
In the past, I have mentioned to him (and my daughters) that, in my mind, the phrase “I’m sorry” denotes regret and implies the desire to not repeat the mistake again.
Am I wrong to think that? Is that not what an apology is?
And don’t even let me get started on gratitude and entitlement… That will be a different angst-y rant on a different emotionally-tired day.
All I want is a very simple “Thank you” and a tiny bit of gratitude when I go out of my way to do something for someone.
If you want to be a jerk about it, think about how I will feel if you need/want something else some other time. Do you think I’m just going to jump right up to the plate and be eager to help out? Oh, HELL-to-the-NO!