According to a study by the New York Bakery Co, Brits say ‘sorry’ up to 8 times a day

(This adds up over a lifetime, equating to 2,920 times a year and 233,600 times in a lifetime. One in eight people (12 per cent) say ‘sorry’ more than 20 times a day! And we don’t always apologise for something we have done, we often use “sorry” as a response to someone else’s mistake – either someone bumping into you (43 per cent) or treading on your toes (17 per cent). It is also used instead of “excuse me” (30 per cent) or as an introduction to interrupt someone else’s conversation (67 per cent). The most likely place for the word sorry, is in the workplace with more than a third (39 per cent) admitting misusing the apology – followed by shopping (33 per cent) and at home (31 per cent). In the workplace it seems that it is not just apologies on the tip of our tongues with 37 per cent of Brits admitting tiptoeing around colleagues or an issue in fear of offending someone. A further 45 per cent say that they would like to be more straight-talking but worry about the consequences. I’m sorry to be the one to bring this to your attention.)