To be honest

HeadofChambers improved (1)One of the pupils was asked a question at chambers tea on Friday and began his answer with: “To be honest…”
HeadofChambers immediately interrupted him with: “Young man, ‘to be honest’ is what a criminal says in the witness box. What a lawyer should say is ‘to be frank.’”

November 17, 2015 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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3 Responses

  1. Alexandra Paterson-Culverwell - April 25, 2009

    Why are tenants so cruel to pupils? I’m surprised the clerks haven’t sent that young man to find a long wait or a glass hammer.

  2. Abigail - April 27, 2009

    Let your yea be yea and your nay be nay. Anything further implies you are not honest at other times. The worst such verbal tick I have heard was “I’m not lying to you”- I never thought she was, but the need to emphasise that was pitiable.

  3. Haegr - May 18, 2009

    Or, as I was told in my first sales job: Never, ever use the phrase ‘To be honest’. It invariably tells the listener that you are about to be anything but.