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Cautiously Optimistic

Posted by Bob on May 19, 2000

In Reply to: Cautiously Optimistic posted by Rush on May 19, 2000

: I have heard the term "cautiously optimistic" used several times in news article....but what does it mean exactly? Would really like to know.

It means "I believe things will turn out well, so I want credit for having the wisdom to predict it. But I don't have the courage to say so out loud, so if everything falls apart, I want credit for having the wisdom to be cautious." It's a phrase used extensively by economists, politicians, and other spineless creatures.