London: A new survey has found that Britons say sorry up to eight times a day – most of the time for things that are not due to any fault of theirs.
The constant need to apologise means they say it around 2,920 times a year or about 2.3 million times in a lifetime, according to the survey by the New York Bakery Co.
One in eight people polled admitted saying sorry more than 20 times a day, the Daily Express reported.
The research revealed that the apology is often used as a response to someone else’s mistake – 43 per cent admitted apologising to a person who knocked them and 17 per cent say sorry when someone else treads on their toes.
The word is also used for excuse me in 30 per cent of cases or when interrupting someone.
It is most used at work, with 39 per cent using it to tiptoe round an issue or colleague, or for fear of causing offence, then when shopping and at home.
“We suspected Britons were over apologetic and our results prove it. What better way to bring a little straight-talking – and no nonsense – to the country than with a New Yorker and a slice of brashness,” Victoria Willis, of the New York Bakery Co, said.