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Women becoming more aware of tendency to over-apologize

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FARGO – “Sorry, can I ask a stupid question?”

“Sorry, do you have a minute?”

“Sorry, but I need those files.”


Sorry, sorry, sorry.

Women don’t need to add a “sorry” to every request or statement they make, but many have a tendency to do so, almost automatically, which some say can hold them back, especially in the workplace.

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Meredith Holt
Meredith Holt is a Forum features reporter who writes a twice-monthly column on body image, weight loss (and gain), health and fitness. Her topics of interest include mental health, relationships and women's issues. She also does page design and copy editing, which she did for six years prior to joining the features staff in March 2012.
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