In a technical conversation, I love to hear this: “that’s a good question!” Now we are going to talk about something we might have otherwise missed. Later we will look back at a potential crisis averted.
I groan (inside) when I hear: “that’s an interesting question!” Someone is about to bloviate, philosophize, or otherwise derail the conversation. Later, we will reflect on time poorly spent.
I may have a weird, grumpy relationship with technical conversations.