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Thread #132499   Message #4005033
Posted By: leeneia
18-Aug-19 - 08:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
"Actually" is often used in an apologetic way, as in "Actually, I never did put gas in the car." But I do hear people use it to soften a factual statement.

"The capital of New York state is Albany, actually."

fortunate (lucky) vs. "fortuitous" (coincidental)