“I was wrong” is one of the more difficult sentences in the English language to speak. I had to say it today when a problem I predicted failed to occur. The phrase is simple and clear…and yet I often try to mess it up by adding more to it.
- I was wrong…but that is because (list of excuses)
- I was wrong…sort of….not really (reasons why I wasn’t really wrong)
- I was wrong…but you better be glad, otherwise…(fresh accusations)
“My bad” has become a socially acceptable way of admitting we were wrong, but it also sometimes carries the implication “and you better not say anything about it!”
Of course, not saying anything is worse.
Can you admit when you are wrong?
Thanks for listening.