35 Common Lies And Its Actual Meaning

Let’s face it, we all stretch the truth from time to time. 

Every now and then it’s a big lie that involves deliberate deceit and planning—like calling in sick to work, complete with a convincing fake cough and a touch of calculated congestion—but mostly it’s in the form of inconsequential white lies that we tell to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, to get on with our day, or to make our stories a little more interesting.

With this in mind, here are some of the most common white lies people use on a frequent basis, and what they actually mean!

• “I’ll be there in 5 minutes.”

Meaning: I haven’t even left the house yet.

• “I’m fine, nothing’s wrong.”

Meaning: Everything is wrong and I just don’t know what to say.

 “My phone’s been acting weird.”

Meaning: I just want to escape this situation.

• “You don’t have to get me a gift.”

Meaning: You better get me an amazing gift.

• “We need to catch up!”

Meaning: We need to, but probably won’t. Neither will I make any effort to do so.

• “I was stuck in traffic.”

Meaning: I left home late so I just need an excuse now.

• “My phone died.”

Meaning: I just didn’t want to talk to you.

“My phone died.” Meaning: I just didn’t want to talk to you.

• “It wasn’t that expensive.”

Meaning: It was very expensive. I just don’t want you to judge me or get mad at me for it.

• “It was on sale!”

Meaning: It wasn’t.

• “I Promise!”

Meaning: For now, but eventually it might break depending on the situation.

• “I didn’t get your text.”

Meaning: I got it, I saw it, I ignored it.

• “I’ll call you right back.”

Meaning: If I remember.

• “You haven’t changed a bit.”

Meaning: I can’t even remember how you were back then, so I’m just being polite.

• “It’s so great to see you.”

Meaning: Eh, couldn’t care less.

• “I’ll do it later.”

Meaning: As in, days and weeks later.

• “I have no idea where it is.”

Meaning: I couldn’t be bothered to check.

• “Looks don’t matter to me, personality does.”

Meaning: After I judge their looks.

• “I’m too busy.”

Meaning: Too busy doing nothing. I just want to be on my own.

• “No, I won’t judge you!”

Meaning: I have already judged you. But it doesn’t really matter.

• “I’ve nothing to wear!”

Meaning: I have nothing to wear for this exact event.

• “I read/watched that a while ago.”

Meaning: I don’t know what you’re talking about but I just want to sound relevant.

“I read/watched that a while ago.” Meaning: I don’t know what you’re talking about but I just want to sound relevant.

• “I’m having trouble hearing you.”

Meaning: I just want to disconnect the call.

• “This is the best gift ever!”

Meaning: I’ve had better, but I appreciate this.

• “Oh no, I forgot to do that!”

Meaning: I remembered it, I was just lazy.

• “I’ll always be there for you.”

Meaning: As my convenience.

• “My parents didn’t allow me.”

Meaning: They don’t even know about it. I just changed my mind last minute.

• “I already have plans for this weekend.”

Meaning: Plans all by myself, lounging in bed and doing nothing.

• “It’s not you, it’s me.”

Meaning: It’s you.

“I was only kidding!”

Meaning: I wasn’t, and I hope you got the message.

“Just one more.”

Meaning: As in four more.

“Let’s hang out soon.”

Meaning: The non-committal soon, which ends up being never.

“Oh! I forgot my wallet at home.”

Meaning: I just don’t want to pay this time.

“No offence, but…”

Meaning: I don’t care even if you took offense to that.

“Yes, I’m listening.”

Meaning: No, I’m not.

“I would never lie to you!”

Meaning: Already have.

“I would never lie to you!” Meaning: Already have.

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