What, in your opinion, is a "mistake"?
In my view, a mistake is something you did unintentionally, by accident.
It seems, however, that more and more people justify their immoral and/or illegal behavior by saying “it was a mistake”. The implication seems to be “It was a mistake, and all human beings make mistakes, and I’m no different, so you can’t judge me for it”.
Cheated on your husband or wife? “It was a mistake, baby, please take me back!”
Ran an illegal dog fight? “I’ve made mistakes in my life, but now I want to move on.”
Celebrity who took nude pictures for your boyfriend? “It was a mistake I regret”
None of those things are “mistakes” to me. You didn’t accidentally fall into bed and have sex with someone other than your spouse. You absolutely intended to force dogs to fight for profit (you just didn’t intend to get caught). You might regret taking that picture after it became public, but you didn’t accidentally strip naked while your camera malfunctioned just as it was facing your naked body.
What say you? Has the word “mistake” been abused, or is my definition wrong?