I grew up around farmers who often used words, or didn’t, in hopes you would hear what they wanted you to hear rather than what they actually said.
I once asked a fellow to suggest a good car body repair guy.
“A lot of people like Ted Jacobs,” Jake said, (the names are not real) then after a short period of thought, “And some think Ken Strasbaugh does a pretty good job.”
“You didn’t mention Jimmy Godson,” I noted.
“You could go there,” said Jake.
I took the hint and didn’t.