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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.
list ordered by
1
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
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
I Love It! is listed (or ranked) 3 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. 
4
I Gotta Go is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added I Gotta Go
5
I'm Busy that Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
RedCXP added I'm Busy that Day
// Busy watching TV.
6
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
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
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. 
9
I Will Call You Later is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
DawnGiordano added I Will Call You Later
// or you know, never.
10
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
Don't worry, it's okay... is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
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
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
I'm Sorry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added
15
I Totally Forgot to Do That Th... is listed (or ranked) 15 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. 
16
I Think There Is Something Wro... is listed (or ranked) 16 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. 
17
It Wasn't Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
It Wasn't Me
18
Let's Keep in Touch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Let's Keep in Touch
// You'll never hear from me. 
19
Oh Yeah, I Remember You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Oh Yeah, I Remember You
// I have no idea who this person is.
20
"I've Been Swamped Lat... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
"I've Been Swamped Lately."
// I haven't made time for you. 
21
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.
22
I Called You Back! is listed (or ranked) 22 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?
23
I'm Happy to Help You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
NateinMpls added I'm Happy to Help You
// this is the worst.
24
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
I Wasnt Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
jets2008 added I Wasnt Sleeping