Here are the 3 phrases people use when they're about to lie to you or say something harsh.  According to psychology experts, we use them because we feel like they distance us a little bit from the lie, which makes us feel better about it. 

 

"I want you to know."  Example:  "I want you to know, Meg, that outfit looks great on you." -Murphy

 

"As far as I know."  Example:  "As far as I know, Murphy, everyone loves your new haircut." -Meg

 

"To be perfectly honest with you."  Example:  "To be perfectly honest with you, Meg, those pants don't make your butt look big at all. (As long as you're in a dimly lit room and the person you're asking is at least partially blind." -Murphy