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Mea Culpa (mā’ə kŭl’pə)

Mea Culpa is is defined  as:

“An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault.”

Synonyms:  “eating crow”

Can you use it in a sentence?

meaculpa“Mr. Bush didn’t cough up his modified-limited mea culpa until he’d seen his whole administration flash before his eyes.” [This was the example actually used at Answers.com for the definition.  The sentence is attributed to Frank Rich of the New York Times.  This is also a good example of a reporter expressing his opinion in his writing.  Calling a sitting president “Mr. Bush” is disrespectful.  One must ask “Why so Vitriolic, Frank?”]