We Apologise for the Inconvenience to Your Journey

Over at The Critic, the skeptical doctor gets irritated listening to a typical British train announcement regarding another delay.

Why this wording, so obviously weaselly? The apology is no apology. It is an attempt to downplay the unhappiness caused to actual real living breathing people, and to pretend instead that the damage is done to something inanimate or intangible. 

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