One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to acknowledge guilt or responsibility (on the part of more than one person) for an error.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Watson (?1559–1603), Roman Catholic priest and conspirator. From classical Latin peccāvimus we have done wrong, in post-classical Latin also ‘we have sinned’, first plural perfect of peccāre to do wrong.
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