( CNN) You don’t get to where I am in life without understanding the anatomy of a good regret. The mind is to acknowledge any hurt began, to explain briefly what went wrong, take owned of that mistake and then — and only then — to request forgiveness. It should all be about recipient rather than issuer.

This week returned two examples of efforts to right mistakens, both falling miserably short of what might be expected from even a spaniel capture with a lamb cut in its mouth.

The firstly was what might be called the explanation confession — a subset of the larger class of non-apology apologies.

Elon Musk brands cave rescuer a ‘pedo’

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