"It should go without saying that she's one of the most brilliant, ground-breaking, critically and commercially successful authors of our time."
But it doesn't go unsaid. You said it, anyway - largely, I'm guessing, for the sake of flattering the person being introduced. Plus, this informs the unlikely few who weren't familiar with the person, beforehand.
I think that's what this usually comes down to: accommodating the unlikely or the uninformed.
Or maybe these sayers of that which should go unsaid have been burned in the past:
"I think our workflow system has gaps that we could address with a few quick and simple procedural changes."Okay. No one verbally responds that way, but that's what often goes on inside their heads. Whether its due to their own deep-seated personal insecurities or professional shortcomings, many people react to suggestions and criticism assaults on their right to exist and an indictment of their worth as human-beings.
"What? Are you saying that the rest of us are so stupid that we couldn't set up a good system or identify its flaws? So, you're basically saying we're useless - that we're bad people - no good for the company, our families, or ourselves?!"
Because of this, time gets wasted on explanations and disclaimers that "should go without saying:"
"I think our workflow system has gaps that we could address with a few quick and simple procedural changes... Now, I'm not saying that the boss or you guys did a bad job setting up our current system. In fact, I'm sure it aligned with our needs and the time-constraints of the time. Because of your skills and hard work, we've accomplished so much over the years. Now, with your help, we can execute a system that will allow each of us to achieve even more for this company and for ourselves."
Oh my goodness.
Why, oh why, can't we grown folks just say things to each other in the simplest way, without having to worry about so many unjustified* assumptions and people leaping to conclusions?
"Wow. You look really nice, today!"Folks know I'm good for trying to "read between the lines," but even I don't think people should have to say:
"What, I look like shit every other day?!"
"We shouldn't have gone into Iraq."
"Why do you hate freedom/America?"
"Hi. I just want a fade and a trim, but please don't cut any lower/higher than here."
"What are you saying, that I don't know how to do my job? I went to this hair care school and have this much experience, blah blah blah blah blah..."
"You look great today, which is not a statement in favor of or against any physical aesthetic you've had in the past or that you may exhibit in the future."Sometimes it really should go without saying, if only we, as listeners, would just let it go.
"I'm against the war, but I'm support the troops and don't want America reduced to the plaything of ideological extremists."
"Here's how I'd like my hair done, but my preferences are in no way meant to tread upon your lofty credentials or many years of experience in your field."
* - because, y'know, sometimes there are valid reasons to be offended or feel attacked