A library regular patron teased me because I used a phrase with a woman I helped before him. The phrase was "Almost certainly", as in "Almost certainly the books you requested will be available for you in two days."
"What percent of surety did you mean to express by 'almost certainly'?" This patron asked.
"98 and a half percent." I answered seriously.
"And so what do you mean then by the words "Almost certainly"?" He asked.
"The 'certainly' is for what I believe will happen, should happen, and will happen. The 'almost' is a bag I put over my head because I have been here for a long, long, long time, and I have seen a few things..."
He was satisfied.
I enjoyed his questions.