I was raised to say “Excuse me” if you got in someone’s way, or accidentally bumped into them, or any one of a number of minor situations where you’ve momentarily inconvenienced another person. I seem to be one of the few people who still does this, and no one ever acknowledges it with a word or a nod or smile or anything. It’s fine, I’m a throwback. Most of the time no acknowledgement is needed, really.
But yesterday when I walked through this shoot, trying to walk by quickly so as not to get in the way with whatever they were doing, I said excuse me and the guy in the hat said “Not at all.” Or something like that. It was nice.
4 thoughts on “Excuse Me”
Yes! “Excuse me” is nice! In Canada, “excuse me” is usually said as “sorry.” I’d like to say, “There’s nothing to be sorry about,” but if I did, I’d be saying that six times per 100 feet.
You are not a “throwback”. Polite people still say excuse me. In the city, everyone is in a hurry and on a mission in their own world. People are not near as rude in a slower paced lifestyle. I love NYC but am glad I have got to experience living life in
different places by joining the military.
I can’t call it rudeness if people are not raised this way, it’s almost a cultural difference. There are a lot of what I would call common courtesies that are just not done anymore.
Ha. That’s a good point. And yeah, a lot of people say “sorry,” and it’s the same as excuse me. Or the very formal “pardon me,” which I never hear anymore!