How are we supposed to know which words are feminine, masculine, or neuter without any real context?
You really just have to learn it. There isn't a 100% way in much in German. I suggest do not just learn 'Entschuldigung' but learn it as 'die Entschuldigung'.. same goes with EVERYTHING else. all other nouns. just learn their articles.. it'll save you.
Entschuldigung is definitely a difficult one! Perhaps try flash cards; drill it into your brain. :)
Entschuldigung is the word I seem to use most around and about here in Switzerland!
is there a reason why it counted me off for not capitalizing "die"? Or is that just a technical error?
It is the beginning of a sentence so it should be capitalised. It must be a bug
This page says it's old style, and no longer commonly used: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090401215954AAXSuNG