COMMUNICATION TIP #94
This is, arguably, one of the most important tips of them all.
What did I just say? By using arguably, I either said “questionably,” or “this is susceptible to argument,” or this statement “is very possibly true even if it is not certainly true.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Is that what we strive to say when we use this word?
(“Arguably” also is an embedded suggestion to argue.)
When I hear people use it, most of the time, they either insert it as a verbal pause/filler word or they mean to say “without a doubt.”
Either way, they are misusing it, which is, arguably, a faux pas!