Why Verbal Tee-Ups Like ‘To Be Honest’ Often Signal Insincerity

Why verbal tee-ups like 'to be honest' often signal insincerity

“Tee-ups have probably been around as long as language, experts say. They  seem to be used with equal frequency by men and women, although there  aren’t major studies of the issue. Their use may be increasing as a  result of social media, where people use phrases such as “I am thinking  that…” or “As far as I know…” both to avoid committing to a definitive  position and to manage the impression they make in print.”



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