What is the meaning of the phrase Sorry, that didn't make sense?

When I apologized to someone, she said that to me.

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    Usually, that's an apology (sorry) and "that didn't make sense" means that to them, "that" was not clear or they couldn't understand what was meant or intended. It's a little hard to offer anything further without knowing the full context of the conversation. Nov 6, 2014 at 20:44
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    You've used apologise rather than apologize and your tag says american-english... :-/
    – Neeku
    Nov 6, 2014 at 20:57

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The speaker is apologizing for not understanding something that you said and is politely asking you to rephrase it (say it again but in a clearer way).

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    Or it could be that they are apologising for something they've said. For example I say to you 'mumble, mumble mumble'. You say 'pardon me, what did you say?'. I say 'Sorry, that didn't make sense. What I meant was jumble, jumble jumble.'
    – WS2
    Nov 6, 2014 at 21:31
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    Yes @WS2 that is an alternative interpretation in general, but not an alternate interpretation to the situation that the OP asks about.
    – user6951
    Nov 6, 2014 at 23:15

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