In other words:
"It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt." — Mark Twain
We are in the midst of a sorry era. Have you noticed? Everybody — athletes, actors, politicians, media — is apologizing for something he or she said or wrote, something that was “insensitive” (“Insensitive,” by the way, is our Word of the Year.) Or at least it is perceived as insensitive because of these prickly, hyper-sensitive times.