LONDON — Far from being exclusive to hangover sufferers excusing themselves from work, being economic with the truth appears to be a way of life for just about everyone.
Each of us, according to a new survey by a British beverage firm, will tell an average total of 88,000 lies over the course of our lives.
According to the firm's poll of 2,500 men and women, "Nothing is wrong, I'm fine" tops what it says is a lengthy list of common lies.
That's 1,460 untruths a year or more than four in every day of an average, 60-year adult lifetime.
Other favorites include, "No, your bottom doesn't look big in that," to a wife or girlfriend; "Of course I love you," to a boring spouse or partner; and "This tastes delicious."
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When I read the headline of this article, I said, "Well that doesn't apply to me." Then when I read the article, I said, "Maybe it does. I do tell white lies from time to time."
So what do you think about telling "white" lies? Is this OK? If so, under what circumstances is it acceptable?