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To be honest... (You were BSing me before?)
I not saying... (Oh, yes, you are...)
Don't take this the wrong way... (How else to take it?)
I hear what you are saying... (Good for you...)
I just want you to know... (Oy, here it comes!)
Well, I assuming it worked…
Which in practice always means "(...but I'm about to say something incredibly bigoted)".
Which is actually a sign of progress: even bigots are now aware that bigotry is something that needs to be ritually denied in polite society.
Here in the American South, the most famous version of this is "Bless her heart..." which 99% of the time precedes a terrible backhanded compliment.
I don't live in the American South so it's possible I've heard inauthentic uses of the term on TV and such. But I'll listen with an interested ear from now on ....
"I hate to criticise how people are dressed, but that skirt is ugly as hell". (No, you don't hate criticising people, you love it.)