Unless you were under the influence of some substance during the infraction.
Excuse me? I'm getting drunk right now. Excuse me? I might have echolalia. No, wait, that was Bob. I hate my imaginary friend always repeating after me. Very irritating. Very irr... Shut, up, Bob! What... Wait... Oops.
Indeed. You should be...
Is that uncle Vic?
No, it's my Uncle Ivan.
It pains me to ask this...who the hell is Uncle Vic.
The guy with a smear of crap under his nose.
Uncle Vic, you should have made the smear more of a blueberry shade...
You gave him a Hitler tach while he was sleeping?
No. I attached a cock on you, while we were supposedly sleeping together.
I have no problem saying I was wrong and apologizing.
Yes, but I suspect most all of us have failed to leave out that "but", every now and then.
But, but, but... isn't there sometimes a genuine extenuating circumstance, such as 'I misunderstood' or 'I didn't know', etc.?
I'm very careful about how I apologize. Making excuses makes it almost pointless. You're not learning or taking responsibility for whatever the issue was.
Reasons are not excuses and sometimes compassion and understanding for the reason makes the apology easier to accept.
Apologies can come with reasons...they are easier to accept if you know why.