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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2,185 163
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
1,580 456
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
1,219 327
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
1,172 450
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
1,035 221
I Gotta Go is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added I Gotta Go

6
1,257 374
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.

7
868 249
Just Kidding is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
1,223 498
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
1,101 507
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
1,005 439
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
1,014 448
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
868 418
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
1,023 400
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
899 492
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.

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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794 467
"I've Been Swamped Lat... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
"I've Been Swamped Lately." // I haven't made time for you. 

16
928 442
It Wasn't Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
It Wasn't Me

17
538 143
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
683 254
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
762 411
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
305 119
I'm Sorry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added I'm Sorry

21
609 472
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?

Things That Only the Youngest Child Will Understand

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416 361
It's Not You, It's Me is listed (or ranked) 22 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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777 355
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. 

24
599 432
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
547 455
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.  

26
592 433
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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558 408
You Look Great in That Outfit! is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
You Look Great in That Outfit! // You look okay, at best. 

28
430 257
Oh, It Was You? I Didn't Even ... is listed (or ranked) 28 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*

The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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499 478
I Wasn't Checking Him/Her Out! is listed (or ranked) 29 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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476 302
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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217 94
I Wasnt Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
jets2008 added I Wasnt Sleeping

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500 436
That Was My Last Piece of Gum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
That Was My Last Piece of Gum // not sharing. 

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406 444
No Officer, I Do Not Know Why ... is listed (or ranked) 33 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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518 492
I Have Soooo Much Homework is listed (or ranked) 34 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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171 102
What a Cute Baby! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
CassandraReed added What a Cute Baby!

44 Things These Cats Are Looking At

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596 415
I Weigh ___ Lbs. is listed (or ranked) 36 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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326 244
This Was the First Time It Hap... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
HollyMiller added This Was the First Time It Happened......

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490 428
Size Doesn't Matter! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Size Doesn't Matter! // Except kind of. Kind of it does. 

39
442 368
I Love My Job! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
ejlinehan added I Love My Job! // I hate my job.

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473 393
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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216 157
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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145 131
Studying is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
melissaann added Studying

Bucket List for Couples

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299 380
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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301 297
Would love to have you come to... is listed (or ranked) 44 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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331 410
I've Only Slept with __ Pe... is listed (or ranked) 45 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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178 161
No I Think Their Cute is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
wolfdaddy added No I Think Their Cute

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105 77
I Care is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
OCD Man added I Don't Care About Looks

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304 478
I Am _____ Years Old. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Am _____ Years Old. // 21, 29, 35 

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104 79
I Don't Care About Money is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
OCD Man added I Don't Care About Money

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264 412
That New Pop Song is Sooo Bad. is listed (or ranked) 50 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?