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Things People Lie About Most Often

Updated February 21, 2020 55.2k votes 4.4k voters 199.8k views71 items

List RulesThumbs up if you can remember telling that lie in the past 6 months. White lies only. Nothing 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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  • 1
    2,246
    167

    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
    1,195
    268

    I Gotta Go

  • 3
    1,581
    495

    I'm 5 Minutes Away

    // I haven't left yet. 
  • 4
    1,060
    305

    Just Kidding

    I Can Say Anything I Feel Like Saying and Not Get In Trouble
  • 5
    1,280
    440

    I Love It!

    // if I keep saying that maybe you won't notice I'm lying. 
  • 6
    1,240
    383

    Yeah, I'm Listening

    // I haven't heard a word.
  • 7
    1,355
    364

    I'm Busy that Day

    // Busy watching TV.
  • 8
    711
    202

    Don't worry, it's okay.

    it's not okay and you should feel awful
  • 9
    514
    185
  • 10
    779
    283

    I Will Call You Later

    // or you know, never.
  • 11
    1,088
    494

    My Phone Died

    // I'm screening your calls. 
  • 12
    1,153
    485

    Let's Keep in Touch

    // You'll never hear from me. 
  • 13
    979
    412

    I Totally Forgot to Do That Thing You Asked Me to Do

    // I did not expect to get called out about this. 
  • 14
    961
    437

    There Was Really Bad Traffic

    // I didn't leave my house on time and am going to use traffic to cover my tracks. 
  • 15
    894
    377

    It Wasn't Me

  • 16
    706
    402

    I Think There Is Something Wrong With My Phone

    // There is nothing wrong with my phone. 
  • 17
    979
    363

    Oh Yeah...That Makes Sense!

    // I feel stupid. Please continue and stop trying to explain. 
  • 18
    858
    396

    It's Really Good to See You

    // I am polite in social situations. 
  • 19
    723
    429

    "I've Been Swamped Lately."

    // I haven't made time for you. 
  • 20
    490
    278

    I'm Happy to Help You

    // this is the worst.
  • 21
    325
    156

    I Wasnt Sleeping

  • 22
    699
    314

    That Was Funny

    // If it was actually funny, I'd be laughing. Not verbally telling you it was funny. 
  • 23
    301
    171

    What a Cute Baby!

  • 24
    836
    433

    Oh Yeah, I Remember You

    // I have no idea who this person is.
  • 25
    528
    346

    You Look Great in That Outfit!

    // You look okay, at best.