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Things People Lie About All the Time

List Criteria: Thumbs up if you can remember telling that lie in the past 6 months. White lies only. Nothing crazy like, "I killed someone and lied about it." Seek help if you are lying about that.

Lies we tell each other: white lies, red lies, black lies... but mostly just the first category. These are the most common lies we tell on a daily basis. Why lie, you ask? We do it to save face, to smooth out social situations, to make people feel better, to make our lives more comfortable. This list is full of (mostly) harmless lies that we have become so accustomed to saying that we may not even notice them. 

What do people lie about? Some of these lies are pretty common: "How are you?" "Fine, you?" works as shorthand to keep our society on track. (Can you imagine explaining your latest relationship woes to the store clerk and then your barista and then all your co-workers and then your mother? It'd be exhausting.) Some of the lies on this list are a little more serious. Like claiming that you love a book you haven't read or a movie you haven't seen. That's just weird. Maybe you should stop doing that. But the reason those things are on this list of common white lies is because people do tell them all the time. 

So here is your chance to be honest. What do you lie about? Which of these little white lies have you heard coming out of your mouth? If you think of more common lies we tell that aren't on this list, by all means, add them.
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    I'm Fine.

    // I could be any number of these things: angry, disappointed, sad, tired...or maybe I'm fine. more
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    I'm 5 Minutes Away

    // I haven't left yet. 
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    Yeah, I'm Listening.

    added by: gamedemon24
    // to the 80's pop song that's stuck in my head.
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    There Was Really Bad Traffic.

    // I didn't leave my house on time and am going to use traffic to cover my tracks. 
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    Oh Yeah! That Makes Sense!

    // I feel stupid. Please continue and stop trying to explain. 
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    My Phone Died.

    // I'm screening your calls. 
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    I Love It!

    // if I keep saying that maybe you won't notice I'm lying. 
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    Let's Keep in Touch.

    // this is something that people say. So I'm saying it. 
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    It Wasn't Me.

    [slowly. back. away.]
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    It's Really Good to See You.

    // I am polite in social situations. 
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    Oh Yea, I Remember You.

    // nope. 
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    I Totally Forgot to Do That Thing You Asked Me to Do.

    // I did not expect to get called out about this. 
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    That Was Funny.

    // If it was actually funny, I'd be laughing. Not verbally telling you it was funny. 
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    "I've Been Swamped Lately."

    // I haven't made time for you. 
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    I Weigh ___ Lbs.

    // I conveniently haven't weighed myself since high school. 
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    I Think There Is Something Wrong With My Phone.

    // There is nothing wrong with my phone. 
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    You Look Great in That Outfit!

    // You look okay, at best. 
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    I Called You Back!

    // totally forgot to call you back. Maybe you'll think your phone is broken?
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    This Is Delicious!

    // what'd you say this is again?
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    We're Just Friends.

    // that make out sometimes. And other stuff. Sometimes. 
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    I Thought I Responded to Your Email!

    // I did not expect you to ask about that.  
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    I Have Soooo Much Homework

    // I have a lot of "Toddlers and Tiaras" episodes to catch up on tonight. 
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    Oh, You Gained Weight? I Can't Tell.

    // Don't make this awkward for the both of us. 
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    I Wasn't Checking Him/Her Out!

    // I did not mean for you to see me. 
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    No Officer, I Do Not Know Why You Pulled Me Over.

    // I'm not going to give you any fodder here. 
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    That Was My Last Piece of Gum.

    // not sharing. 
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    I'm Busy that day.

    added by: RedCXP
    // Busy watching TV.
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    Size Doesn't Matter!

    // Except kind of. Kind of it does. 
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    I'm Happy to Help You

    added by: NateinMpls
    // this is the worst.
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    I Love My Job!

    added by: ejlinehan
    // I hate my job.
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    I Will Call You Later

    added by: DawnGiordano
    // or you know, never.
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    The Check Is in the Mail

    added by: jets2008
    // ...tomorrow.
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    Would love to have you come to stay for the weekend, but we've already made plans.

    added by: LudyGibson
    // ...to catch up on "House of Cards."
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    I Am _____ Years Old.

    // 21, 29, 35 whuteva. 
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    I'll Pull Out

    added by: jets2008
    // oops.
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    That New Pop Song is Sooo Bad.

    // There is no way you heard me singing along to that song in my car earlier, right?
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    I Quit Smoking.

    // In public view. I quit smoking in public view. 
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    I Make (Insert Inflated Number Here) a Year.

    // there's very little chance you'll find out, so I'll just stretch this one. 
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    I'm More Than Qualified for This Position

    // According to my padded resume, at least. 
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    I Love That Band, but I Mostly Know Their Early Stuff.

    // Hopefully this will stop you from prying any further. 
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    I Love That Movie!

    // Never saw it.
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    I've Only Slept with __ People.

    // I'm either vastly lowballing you or inflating this number. 
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    new! Oh, It Was You? I Didn't Even See You There...

    added by: laerkeslove
    ...or heard it when you screamed hello.. *ignore*
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    I Had Like 20 Shots Last Night.

    // Okay like 5, but I stopped counting. 
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    I Speak 2 Languages

    // Do. Not. Call me out on this.
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    I Love That Book!

    // Never read it. Damnit. Note to self: read that book sometime. 
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    I'll Give You Gas Money If You Give Me a Ride

    added by: JamesRichard
    // Or maybe I'll just "not have any cash."
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    I Was Super Popular in High School

    // I just don't keep in touch with anyone. 
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    I Love Watching Sports!

    // I mean, like, the concept of watching sports. The drinking beer part, mostly. 
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    If Anything, I'm Too Detailed Oriented

    // Is that even a thing? 
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