I DO Apologize

Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by avflyer, Feb 25, 2013.  |  Print Topic

  1. avflyer
    Original Member

    avflyer Silver Member

    Messages:
    735
    Likes Received:
    597
    Status Points:
    720
    Having had a botched room service delivery, I spoke with customer service during a recent hotel stay. Probably for the 3 gazzilionth time in my life, the voice on the other end of the phone said "I do apologize".
    OK, this is ridiculous. WTH does this mean? Is it an expression to demonstrate the fact that they don't NOT apologize? Is DO an adverb to modify the verb apologize? Where did this come from?

    This seems to answer the question: http://grammarist.com/usage/do-apologize/

    Does this bother anyone else or do I just need a new hobby?
     
    jbcarioca and Kalboz like this.
  2. LarryInNYC

    LarryInNYC Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,384
    Likes Received:
    2,797
    Status Points:
    1,445
    It means they apologized and married you at the same time.
     
    malikguy, jbcarioca, c2d and 8 others like this.
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
    Original Member

    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,504
    Likes Received:
    20,199
    Status Points:
    16,520
    I do think this is an excellent topic for discussion.
     
    Scottrick, jbcarioca, ella and 6 others like this.
  4. skyvan

    skyvan Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,044
    Likes Received:
    3,688
    Status Points:
    2,045
    I'm going to guess this wasn't in an English speaking country?
     
    jbcarioca and avflyer like this.
  5. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,414
    Likes Received:
    3,574
    Status Points:
    2,025
    Do you mean English or English?
     
  6. avflyer
    Original Member

    avflyer Silver Member

    Messages:
    735
    Likes Received:
    597
    Status Points:
    720
    Right here in the good old US of A. I hear this all of the time though. As soon as this thread peters out (like it will ever peter IN), I am going to get started on "Have a good one!" :confused:
     
  7. skyvan

    skyvan Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,044
    Likes Received:
    3,688
    Status Points:
    2,045
    I mean any type of English, this reminds me of something that I experienced at the Sheraton KL.
     
    jbcarioca, avflyer and Gargoyle like this.
  8. Gargoyle
    Original Member

    Gargoyle Milepoint Guide

    Messages:
    22,015
    Likes Received:
    96,543
    Status Points:
    20,020
    It means:
    "I do apologize on occasions, just not on this particular occasion."
     
    c2d, Concerto, flyingdawg and 5 others like this.
  9. Canarsie
    Original Member

    Canarsie Gold Member

    Messages:
    709
    Likes Received:
    2,049
    Status Points:
    1,170
    I do not apologize for the person who apologizes for the apology.

    I do apologize if my lack of an apology offends anyone...
     
    jbcarioca, flyingdawg and Gargoyle like this.
  10. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    The verb do is used to convey emphasis, such as the following:

    I do have money

    I do want to marry (you).

    I do enjoy travel

    Etc.

    To me, the phrase "I do apologize" sounds a bit more contrite and sincere than just saying "I apologize" unless there's sarcasm or undue emphasis on the word "do."
     
  11. avflyer
    Original Member

    avflyer Silver Member

    Messages:
    735
    Likes Received:
    597
    Status Points:
    720
    So in this case, since you are using the word do to modify the word apologize, then you are using "do" as an adverb.

    Makes sense but I still think it is unnecessary and a bit condescending.
     
    jbcarioca likes this.
  12. Canarsie
    Original Member

    Canarsie Gold Member

    Messages:
    709
    Likes Received:
    2,049
    Status Points:
    1,170
    Apollo-gize: to convert an activity into a simulation of any Apollo space mission.

    It could also mean to “moon” someone — although I am not sure anyone would planet that way...
    That could be the reason why I use the term member gathering instead of do when a group of frequent fliers meet in person.
     
  13. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    Maybe we should have an apology DO and invite our favorite airlines and hotels to participate.
     
    jbcarioca, UA191, avflyer and 5 others like this.
  14. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,414
    Likes Received:
    3,574
    Status Points:
    2,025
    That'd probably be a sorry affair...
     
  15. georockc

    georockc Silver Member

    Messages:
    198
    Likes Received:
    177
    Status Points:
    395
    You should hold it on Canada, we love to apologize.

    Sorry to all my Canadian friends if I offended anyone.
     
    jbcarioca, UA191, milchap and 3 others like this.
  16. In effect the lowly employee who gives out that apology has not been empowered to correct the issue. That's when I ask for a supervisor or manager. When I get the standard apology from them is when my gun comes out of the holster blazing. I fire blanks first though:D
     
    jbcarioca and avflyer like this.
  17. That's what happens when you are only a prestige member of aeroplan. :p
     
    jbcarioca and avflyer like this.
  18. anabolism
    Original Member

    anabolism Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,403
    Likes Received:
    1,771
    Status Points:
    1,120
    It means "No, I cannot fix the problem, no I cannot refund the charge, but I can and do apologize."
     
    jbcarioca, Gargoyle and avflyer like this.
  19. c2d

    c2d Active Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    11
    Status Points:
    80
    This. You are not the only one -- this absolutely bothers me too. Your grammarist link on why the addition of "do" lessens the apology is spot on. It is rare to hear a good three- or four-part apology, but I wish people can at least get part 1 right. It is not that hard. Anyway, <rant off>.
     
    avflyer, jbcarioca and Gargoyle like this.
  20. guberif

    guberif Silver Member

    Messages:
    686
    Likes Received:
    1,060
    Status Points:
    825
    Am I the only one who snickered at the "I fire blanks" announcement? :)
     
    avflyer, guinnessxyz and jbcarioca like this.
  21. jbcarioca
    Original Member

    jbcarioca Gold Member

    Messages:
    17,507
    Likes Received:
    57,455
    Status Points:
    20,020
    I do really like this thread. Grammar and syntax interest me. Only one of my grammers was an English teacher.
     
    boondr and anabolism like this.
  22. and I hate syntaxes:p
     
  23. Canarsie
    Original Member

    Canarsie Gold Member

    Messages:
    709
    Likes Received:
    2,049
    Status Points:
    1,170
    I am truly grateful that you posted Grammar and syntax rather than Grandma and Spandex...
     
    anabolism and guinnessxyz like this.
  24. Scottrick
    Original Member

    Scottrick Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,586
    Likes Received:
    4,078
    Status Points:
    2,570
    You can add "do" to anything to add emphasis. The problem is, too much emphasis makes me think they're just lying through their teeth.
     
    avflyer and guinnessxyz like this.
  25. anabolism
    Original Member

    anabolism Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,403
    Likes Received:
    1,771
    Status Points:
    1,120
    "I cannot do anything concrete, but I can and do apologize."
     
    avflyer likes this.

Share This Page