Fake Etymologies

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apol‧o‧gize, v. /əˈpɒləˌʤaɪz/

From Greek prefix απο- (apo-) and word λόγος (logos). When put together, they have the meaning of “distant word.” To apologize is to speak words meant to shift blame away from oneself.

An example of perilogizing, on the other hand, is “I’m sorry if I offended you.”