I have a bad habit of using the phrase 'The thing is..' to interject or interrupt someone when i think my conversational idea is better than theirs. I do it more often than I'd like to admit. And the thing is, well, whatever I end up saying after that is a complete and utter diversion to the the actual 'thing' at hand. In fact, more often than not, it has no relation to the actual thing at all, and so my claim to revealing the actual 'thing,' this miraculous nugget of truth that somehow sheds light on the whole subject turns out to be a sham. Anyone who knows me knows that I can be a total jerk. Just to be honest about things, I should be saying something along the lines of: 'The thing is, you bore me and I'm changing the subject in an awkward way that will either force you to call me on it, or allow me to hijack this conversation. That is the 'thing.' I need therapy.