All those years in the newsroom, I still tend to conditionalize everything, rather than strike for a bold statement.
- I think.
- I guess.
- Would. (Example: It would seem that …)
- I hope.
- I fear. (Or worry.)
- I realize.
- That sucks.
- Are you sure?
- Martini. As in, Quitting Time.
What I find difficult to say is “I need” or “I want.” At least directly. I usually beat around the bush with soft questions.
How ’bout you?