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One apology --> many apologies.

One good deed --> many good deeds.

One sorry --> many _ ?

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    Can you give a grammatical sentence which uses "one sorry"? – Peter Taylor Nov 22 '11 at 8:46
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    In drunkMonk's defense: He probably had something like "A simple 'sorry' would have prevented the situation from escalating". But the 'sorry' here is a quote of what you were expected to say, not a noun. – Raku Nov 22 '11 at 9:00
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    Simple: I'm sorry. Reminds me of a Bible verse: “... how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” – Justin Jenkins Nov 22 '11 at 9:04
  • @Justin: Matthew 18:22 (either seventy-seven or seventy times seven) – Urbycoz Nov 22 '11 at 9:09
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    @JustinJenkins I'm sorry doesn't use sorry as a noun. One could not say I am one sorry (one could say I am one sorry fool, but then sorry is, again, an adjective) – Matt E. Эллен Nov 22 '11 at 9:15
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James Leigh in his "Sir Ralph Esher", 1832 wrote

"Sorry me no sorrys, my Lord Duke," cried the Duchess

(I have a feeling that this is slang employed literary, so it is not necessarily grammatical use)

Junʼichirō Tanizaki in his "A cat, a man, and two women: stories" gets translated into

Then, with twenty or so thank-yous and awfully-sorrys, he went on to ask for the loan of a lamp for his bicycle...

Wordnik lists sorries as a word, but it is the only one (next to urban dictionary, see onelook) though these two sources are not enough to consider a word grammatical. No dictionary lists sorrys.

The word is definitively used in spoken language (most examples analyzed are such examples). It refers to the multiple acts of apologizing, making a noun out of the adjective, according to following logic:

Your sorry = Your apology
Your apologies = Your sorries/sorrys

The spelling is not a problem in spoken language, but in writing it is. I suggest to quote the word to indicate unusual usage.

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  • I think this is a very good example of artistically breaking the grammatical rules to create a vivid picture of the scene the author wants to describe. – Raku Nov 22 '11 at 10:09
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"sorry" is an adjective, so there is no plural form.

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