Anne Mahoney wrote
> "You may be confident," if it means "you might be confident, perhaps you
> are confident," is exactly right. But if it means "you can be
> confident" or "confidence is justified," I think it is a bit premature.
It was indeed meant conjecturally, not affirmatively. Not long ago I had an
indignant email from a scholar complaining that the Anglo-Norman Dictionary
does not display properly on the "widely deployed platform" provided by his
rather prestigious and reputedly well-funded institution: viz 5-year-old
Macs running Netscape 3. And I'd been thinking there was something wrong
with the Webserver logs....