Sometimes you want words to just mean one thing. For example, I’m just now giving in to a little personal stubbornness of mine, which is to accept the use of “I’m sorry” to express consolation, like:
- Death/major loss
- Injury or illness
I always wanted “I’m sorry” just mean “I regret what I said or did and would like to be forgiven,” and so I was bothered a little (very little) whenever I heard it said in another way. But that’s not how it works. People say it with other meanings, and they mean it too.
So I’ll get over fighting myself and accept it.