The Deceit of the “But”

“I don’t mean to interrupt, but…”

“I don’t mean to hijack the discussion, but…”

“I don’t mean to be rude, but…”

When someone says they don’t mean to do something and then use the word “but” you can be pretty sure they’re getting ready to do the very thing they’re claiming they didn’t want to do. It sounds polite, but it’s not.

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