What does "mea culpa" mean?

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The Online Etymology Dictionary states that "mea culpa," translated from Latin to English, means "I am to blame." The source expounds on the origin of the word, explaining that its roots are in the Latin liturgical prayer of confession.

According to The Phrase Finder, "mea culpa" has a long history of use in English writing, with one source of origin tracing back as early as 1374, where it appeared in Chaucer's "Troylus." The Latin Confiteor, a Catholic prayer often said during Mass services, also features the related phrase, "mea maxima culpa," which translates as "my worst fault."

Although the phrase has religious ties, it is commonly used in everyday speech.

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My fault would be "mia Culpa"
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