frankly : Common Errors in English

About frankly

Sentences beginning with this word are properly admissions of something shocking or unflattering to the speaker; but when a public spokesperson for a business or government is speaking, it almost always precedes a self-serving statement. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” is correct; but “Frankly, I think the American people can make their own decisions about health care” is an abuse of language. The same contortion of meaning is common in related phrases. When you hear a public figure say, “to be completely honest with you,” expect a lie.

frankly Meaning(s)

  • (r) (used as intensives reflecting the speaker's attitude) it is sincerely the case that

frankly in News

  1. “Redneck Crazy” popular on radio

    There’s a new song on the radio, that quite frankly, makes me giggle. ”Redneck Crazy” performed by newcomer Tyler Farr–that’s it–that’s the one! What is it about this song that just makes me want to sing my heart out (and …
    on June 18, 2013 Source: FOX 5 San Diego

  2. Steelers defensive lineman Keisel hosts kids for day of fishing

    By Mark Kaboly, McKeesport Daily News Ted Zablocki heard the horror stories about professional athletes and, frankly, was quite turned off by them. “How some of them are, you don’t want ...
    on June 18, 2013 Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  3. The New Watermelon Oreo Is Actually Getting Good Reviews

    "I am, frankly, SHOCKED."
    on June 18, 2013 Source: Business Insider via Yahoo! Finance

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