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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2,381 191
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
1,716 509
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
1,353 369
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
1,291 490
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
1,150 248
I Gotta Go is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added I Gotta Go

6
978 287
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
1,350 417
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
1,323 545
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
1,192 551
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
1,086 481
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
1,094 484
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
943 457
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
1,092 436
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
966 525
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
850 505
"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
1,007 473
It Wasn't Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
It Wasn't Me

17
607 169
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
760 279
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
815 450
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
372 142
I'm Sorry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

21
642 517
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
836 376
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
449 403
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
647 458
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
583 494
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
630 467
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. 

27
595 443
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
465 288
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*

29
520 324
I'm Happy to Help You is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
NateinMpls added I'm Happy to Help You // this is the worst.

30
522 517
I Wasn't Checking Him/Her Out! is listed (or ranked) 30 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. 

31
254 122
I Wasnt Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
jets2008 added I Wasnt Sleeping

32
536 465
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. 

33
428 478
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. 

34
550 522
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. 

35
209 127
What a Cute Baby! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
CassandraReed added What a Cute Baby!

36
632 440
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. 

37
353 268
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......

38
522 457
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
463 398
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.

40
503 418
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. 

41
176 156
Studying is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
melissaann added

42
242 186
Your Breaking Up I'll Call You... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
wolfdaddy added Your Breaking Up I'll Call You Back.

43
310 416
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. 

44
318 323
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."

45
346 441
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. 

46
199 188
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

47
134 97
I Don't Care About Money is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
OCD Man added I Don't Care About Money

48
134 101
I Care is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
OCD Man added

49
327 508
I Am _____ Years Old. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Things People Lie About Most Often
I Am _____ Years Old. // 21, 29, 35 

50
282 440
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?