Certain phrases cause me to suspect the person using them is socially challenged. For example the phrase "I'll be honest with you." Why would I believe a person who just revealed he is a chronic liar who only tells the truth after announcing the same. Or the phrase "don't take this personally." I am a person, I will take it personally. Aren't you just saying "I am about to hurt your feelings but since I warned you first you can't hold it against me"? Guess what, I can. Last but not least variations of the phrase, "I am sure you would agree" or "wouldn't you agree". How do you know if I agree or not? Are you telling me I must live up to your expectations?
I'll be honest with you, I seldom rant so I am sure you would agree you shouldn't take it personally.