Relationships Things People Lie About Most Often  

Elise Hennigan
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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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2,405 191
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. 

2
1,730 515
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. 

3
1,363 375
I'm Busy that Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
RedCXP added I'm Busy that Day // Busy watching TV.

4
1,307 493
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. 

5
1,160 251
I Gotta Go is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added I Gotta Go

6
992 292
Just Kidding is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
CooperLee added Just Kidding I Can Say Anything I Feel Like Saying and Not Get In Trouble

7
1,361 421
Yeah, I'm Listening is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
gamedemon24 added Yeah, I'm Listening // I haven't heard a word.

8
1,332 549
Let's Keep in Touch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Let's Keep in Touch // You'll never hear from me. 

9
1,200 556
My Phone Died is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
My Phone Died // I'm screening your calls. 

10
1,095 484
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. 

11
1,103 486
I Totally Forgot to Do That Th... is listed (or ranked) 11 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. 

12
952 461
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. 

13
1,103 437
Oh Yeah...That Makes Sense! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Oh Yeah...That Makes Sense! // I feel stupid. Please continue and stop trying to explain. 

14
973 528
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.

15
1,017 475
It Wasn't Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
It Wasn't Me

16
857 509
"I've Been Swamped Lat... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
"I've Been Swamped Lately." // I haven't made time for you. 

17
618 171
Don't worry, it's okay... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
muzziac added Don't worry, it's okay. it's not okay and you should feel awful

18
769 284
I Will Call You Later is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
DawnGiordano added I Will Call You Later // or you know, never.

19
821 456
I Think There Is Something Wro... is listed (or ranked) 19 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. 

20
381 147
I'm Sorry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

21
646 524
I Called You Back! is listed (or ranked) 21 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?

22
847 378
That Was Funny is listed (or ranked) 22 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. 

23
456 408
It's Not You, It's Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
CooperLee added It's Not You, It's Me It's You.

24
656 460
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?

25
590 497
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.