culture 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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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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1,413 394
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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1,046 285
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.

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1,014 400
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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880 189
I Gotta Go is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added I Gotta Go

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1,130 328
Yeah, I'm Listening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
gamedemon24 added Yeah, I'm Listening // I haven't heard a word.

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1,108 436
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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730 208
Just Kidding is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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1,000 460
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. 

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925 403
I Totally Forgot to Do That Th... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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919 364
Oh Yeah...That Makes Sense! is listed (or ranked) 11 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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923 391
There Was Really Bad Traffic is listed (or ranked) 12 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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778 374
It's Really Good to See Yo... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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738 416
"I've Been Swamped Lat... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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817 456
Oh Yeah, I Remember You is listed (or ranked) 15 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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844 405
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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449 112
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

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686 377
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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598 217
I Will Call You Later is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
DawnGiordano added I Will Call You Later // or you know, never.

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559 431
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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372 312
It's Not You, It's Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
CooperLee added It's Not You, It's Me It's You.

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718 324
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. 

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549 399
This Is Delicious! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
This Is Delicious! // what'd you say this is again?

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502 416
I Thought I Responded to Your ... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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222 91
I'm Sorry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added I'm Sorry

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544 401
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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470 439
I Wasn't Checking Him/Her Out! is listed (or ranked) 27 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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503 379
You Look Great in That Outfit! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
You Look Great in That Outfit! // You look okay, at best. 

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382 232
Oh, It Was You? I Didn't Even ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
laerkeslove added 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) 30 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
NateinMpls added I'm Happy to Help You // this is the worst.

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380 408
No Officer, I Do Not Know Why ... is listed (or ranked) 31 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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476 461
I Have Soooo Much Homework is listed (or ranked) 32 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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553 384
I Weigh ___ Lbs. is listed (or ranked) 33 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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134 72
What a Cute Baby! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
CassandraReed added What a Cute Baby!

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292 225
This Was the First Time It Hap... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
HollyMiller added This Was the First Time It Happened......

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409 338
I Love My Job! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
ejlinehan added I Love My Job! // I hate my job.

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453 401
Size Doesn't Matter! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Size Doesn't Matter! // Except kind of. Kind of it does. 

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451 408
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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164 72
I Wasnt Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
jets2008 added I Wasnt Sleeping

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438 367
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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183 128
Your Breaking Up I'll Call You... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
wolfdaddy added Your Breaking Up I'll Call You Back.

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277 353
I'm More Than Qualified fo... is listed (or ranked) 42 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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316 375
I've Only Slept with __ Pe... is listed (or ranked) 43 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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No I Think Their Cute is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
wolfdaddy added No I Think Their Cute

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273 274
Would love to have you come to... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
LudyGibson added 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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286 446
I Am _____ Years Old. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Am _____ Years Old. // 21, 29, 35 

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146 123
All This Was On Sale. I Saved ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
wolfdaddy added All This Was On Sale. I Saved So Much! After husband finding hidden stash of newly purchased clothes and shoes

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101 112
Studying is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
melissaann added Studying

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238 387
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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What a Cute Baby! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
CassandraReed added What a Cute Baby!