"To be honest" I seriously cannot stand when people say "to be honest". To me it implies that everything else that person has said has been a lie. I was trying to explain that to my 6 year old neice A. last week. I think she totally got it. Now I feel kind of bad for telling her not to say it, she was pretty cute as she was explaining something to me and interjected the phrase "to be honest" into her ernest explanation.
Why do people say that anyway? Is it supposed to make the listener feel special, as though they are being taken into a confidence? As soon as I hear that phrase I assume that I am about to be told a lie, or something super bitchy. The super bitchy part I am pretty cool with, but the lying? Not so much.