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Mea culpa

English translation: My fault

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Latin term or phrase:Mea culpa
English translation:My fault
Entered by: Vidmantas Stilius
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01:04 Jul 6, 2001
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]
Latin term or phrase: Mea culpa
I don't know
Joanne
My fault
Explanation:
Also: My guilt

Dear Steve,

: Just curiousity. What does "Mea Culpa" means?

Dear Erol,

"Mea culpa" is Latin for "my guilt", an admission of error or wrongdoing. In US street language the expression nowadays is "my bad". If, for example, I throw an awful pass in a basketball game and my teammate is unable to reach it, it is appropriate for me to say to nobody in particular, "My bad". This tells him and everyone else that I realize that his failure to catch the pass was my fault, not his.

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Summary of answers provided
na +2My fault
Vidmantas Stilius
naIt's my fault !
flaviofbg
naI am to blame
jgal
naI am to blame
jgal
namy guilt, guiltiness
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2 mins peer agreement (net): +2
My fault


Explanation:
Also: My guilt

Dear Steve,

: Just curiousity. What does "Mea Culpa" means?

Dear Erol,

"Mea culpa" is Latin for "my guilt", an admission of error or wrongdoing. In US street language the expression nowadays is "my bad". If, for example, I throw an awful pass in a basketball game and my teammate is unable to reach it, it is appropriate for me to say to nobody in particular, "My bad". This tells him and everyone else that I realize that his failure to catch the pass was my fault, not his.




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Vidmantas Stilius
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agree  Daphne b
1 hr

agree  DR. RICHARD BAVRY: as contrasted with "mea maxima culpa"...
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4 mins
my guilt, guiltiness


Explanation:
mea culpa =

my guilt
my guiltiness

HTH :-)

Damian


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Slovenia
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20 mins
I am to blame


Explanation:
the phrase 'mea culpa' is commonly used by people to say 'it was my fault' or 'I am to blame'

jgal
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2 hrs
I am to blame


Explanation:
forgot to add that it is used as an acknowledgment of guilt, without actually saying 'sorry'

jgal
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1 day 10 hrs
It's my fault !


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Flavio

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