When I was at school, they warned us against using this one little word. Just. We were told not to use the phrases “just a housewife”, or “just a typist”. Both phrases imply that a sensible, worthy occupation is trivial.
On the other hand, questions starting “Can I just check…” can be very handy in difficult meetings. It can be a good way to draw attention to a basic, obvious point that some people are overlooking.
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