That one Canadian stereotype might be the truest of them all — most of us are damned good at saying “sorry.” Does it necessarily mean we’re apologizing? Not always. For some, it’s a reflex. But for the most part we are genuinely polite, even when it isn’t necessary.
1. When someone bumps into YOU on the street
You’re standing there minding your own business, and then somebody slams into you with the force of a charging bison. “Oh I’m so sorry I was innocently standing here in your direct trajectory, and that you didn’t have the foresight to stop yourself from making full body contact.” I literally do this ALL the time. The worst part is that I’m entirely sincere about it. “I’m so sorry I was in your way!”