Each of us has a personalized dictionary. Over time, we hope that people who know us in our business and personal lives have a grasp on what we mean when we say certain things or take certain positions.
Here are some tricky examples from my own dictionary:
- "I believe that is the best course of action" means "I STRONGLY BELIEVE that is the BEST course of action."
- "I don't think that is a good idea" may be my little way of saying "Are you out of your mind?"
- On the other hand, "I don't have any preference on where we should go for dinner" means "I don't have any preference on where we should go for dinner."