"AFAIK" is a popular abbreviation, but I was wondering if there was already a real word that would do the same job, preferably one that wasn't very obscure, but that works too :). So what words have the same meaning as "As far as I know", or "to the best of my knowledge"?
Ideally, this would be a word that would work in the same places "AFAIK" works, such as:
As far as I know, this isn't possible
The sky is always blue, as far as I know
The following sort of work, but don't quite seem to fit (so I'm excluding them for the purposes of this question, although if you have a good argument for one of them, go ahead :) ):
- "Presumably": Actually pretty good, but the connotation is kind of condescending, whereas "AFAIK" has less of that tone.
- "Apparently": Has some overlap in meaning, but seems less confident.
- "Likely": Pretty odd phrasing in some places where "AFAIK", "Likely", or "Apparently" would work.