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List Rules 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I'm Fine // I could be any number of these things: angry, disappointed, sad, tired...or maybe I'm fine. But you'll never know. 

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I'm 5 Minutes Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I'm 5 Minutes Away // I haven't left yet. 

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I'm Busy that Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I'm Busy that Day // Busy watching TV.

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I Love It! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Love It! // if I keep saying that maybe you won't notice I'm lying. 

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I Gotta Go is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Gotta Go

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Yeah, I'm Listening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Yeah, I'm Listening // I haven't heard a word.

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Let's Keep in Touch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Let's Keep in Touch // You'll never hear from me. 

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My Phone Died is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
My Phone Died // I'm screening your calls. 

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I Totally Forgot to Do That Th... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
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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There Was Really Bad Traffic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
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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Just Kidding is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Just Kidding I Can Say Anything I Feel Like Saying and Not Get In Trouble

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It's Really Good to See Yo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
It's Really Good to See You // I am polite in social situations. 

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"I've Been Swamped Lat... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
"I've Been Swamped Lately." // I haven't made time for you. 

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Oh Yeah, I Remember You is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Oh Yeah, I Remember You // I have no idea who this person is.

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Oh Yeah...That Makes Sense! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Oh Yeah...That Makes Sense! // I feel stupid. Please continue and stop trying to explain. 

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It Wasn't Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
It Wasn't Me

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Don't worry, it's okay... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Don't worry, it's okay. it's not okay and you should feel awful

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I Think There Is Something Wro... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Think There Is Something Wrong With My Phone // There is nothing wrong with my phone. 

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I Will Call You Later is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Will Call You Later // or you know, never.

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I Called You Back! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Called You Back! // I totally forgot to call you back. Maybe you'll think your phone is broken?

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I Have Read the Terms and Cond... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Have Read the Terms and Conditions

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It's Not You, It's Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
It's Not You, It's Me It's You.

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That Was Funny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
That Was Funny // If it was actually funny, I'd be laughing. Not verbally telling you it was funny. 

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This Is Delicious! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
This Is Delicious! // what'd you say this is again?

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I Thought I Responded to Your ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Thought I Responded to Your Email! // I did not expect you to ask about that.  

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Oh, You Gained Weight? I Can't... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Oh, You Gained Weight? I Can't Tell. // Don't make this awkward for the both of us. 

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I'm Sorry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often

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I Wasn't Checking Him/Her Out! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Wasn't Checking Him/Her Out! // I did not mean for you to see me. 

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You Look Great in That Outfit! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
You Look Great in That Outfit! // You look okay, at best. 

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Oh, It Was You? I Didn't Even ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Oh, It Was You? I Didn't Even See You There... ...or heard it when you screamed hello.. *ignore*

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I'm Happy to Help You is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I'm Happy to Help You // this is the worst.

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No Officer, I Do Not Know Why ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
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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I Have Soooo Much Homework is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Have Soooo Much Homework // I have a lot of "Game of Thrones" episodes to catch up on tonight. 

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I Weigh ___ Lbs. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Weigh ___ Lbs. // I conveniently haven't weighed myself since high school. 

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This Was the First Time It Hap... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
This Was the First Time It Happened......

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Size Doesn't Matter! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Size Doesn't Matter! // Except kind of. Kind of it does. 

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I Love My Job! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Love My Job! // I hate my job.

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That Was My Last Piece of Gum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
That Was My Last Piece of Gum // not sharing. 

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I Wasnt Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Wasnt Sleeping

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We're Just Friends. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
We're Just Friends. // that make out sometimes. And other stuff. Sometimes. 

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What a Cute Baby! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
What a Cute Baby!

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Your Breaking Up I'll Call You... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Your Breaking Up I'll Call You Back.

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I'm More Than Qualified fo... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I'm More Than Qualified for This Position // According to my padded resume, at least. 

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I've Only Slept with __ Pe... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I've Only Slept with __ People. // I'm either vastly lowballing you or inflating this number. 

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Would love to have you come to... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Would love to have you come to stay for the weekend, but we've already made plans. // ...to catch up on "House of Cards."

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No I Think Their Cute is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
No I Think Their Cute

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I Am _____ Years Old. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Am _____ Years Old. // 21, 29, 35 

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Studying is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often

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That New Pop Song is Sooo Bad. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
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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All This Was On Sale. I Saved ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
All This Was On Sale. I Saved So Much! After husband finding hidden stash of newly purchased clothes and shoes