Let Me Be Honest with You

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:12 AM

Jason writes,

“… and if you want to know the truth…”

Really? If I want to? What am I going to say?

“No, I’ve had my fill of truth today. Why don’t you spin me a tall tale.”


Re: Let Me Be Honest with You
The proper literary phrase is, "Truth be told..." I agree with Jason some popular figures of speech are wrong, and each contributes to some incremental loss of a good thing.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Feb 13, 2010 | 3:48 PM

Re: Let Me Be Honest with You
This is one phrase I actively work to avoid in my own language (in any of its varied forms). The truth is (Ha!), announcing that what I'm about to speak is "truth" seems to suggest everything I said previously was something other than truth.
Posted by Caedmon - Feb 13, 2010 | 7:31 PM

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