'Course, my dad always used to say, when people start a sentence with things like "Honestly?" and "Truthfully?", there's a good chance that they're habitual liars if they feel such an overpowering need to let you know that they're being honest for a change.I tend to overuse the words 'honestly' and 'truthfully'. Am I a habitual liar?
I mean, when people talk to you, don't you naturally assume that they're speaking honestly? Hmmm???
I'm giving you a hard time, of course. The reality is that I tend to use words like that (and "of course" and "frankly" and "seriously", etc) as verbal punctuation.
Hey, I think my old man had a point. Example: The drummer for an old band I used to be in. Dude was just the most dishonest, lie-for-the-sake-of-it bastard you've ever met. The kind of guy that lies even when it's completely unneccessary. He'd invent entire weekends that never happened. "Oh yeah I flew out to Chicago to meet up with a chick."... Meanwhile he must have forgotten that I HUNG OUT WITH HIM on Saturday!
Anyway, he'd *always* preface his statements with "Honestly dude?" and "You want to know the truth?" That's when I realized, pops actually knew what he was talking about sometimes.
Ever since getting to know that kid, I've noticed my father's half-assed words of wisdom are often more accurate than not when it comes to people in general lol.
"Seriously" is kind of similar, but I hear and say "seriously" as more of an adjective than a qualifier. <shrug>