"Sorry" the Swiss Army knife of Canadian conversation

Joe Perkins

School of Communication and Culture Associate Professor David Black delves into the very Canadian word "sorry". He describes the use of "sorry" as the "Swiss Army knife of Canadian conversation" - that it has many uses in maintaining the thin veneer of civilization. He believes that using the word addresses the most profound and distinctive part of our national character. He describes our use of "sorry" as symbolic of how we honour the Canadian commitment to "accommodating other people" and describes three "heroes of accommodation" from Canadian history. Black suggest that rather than a sign of weakness, using "sorry" is a source of strength for our Canadian identity.

Click on the link below to listen to the full interview on CFAX Radio in Victoria on Canada Day July 1, 2015 - the interview runs from 12:15 - 12:49pm. Black also appeared on CTV Vancouver Island that evening at 5 and 6pm to share his thoughts with television news viewers.