Wednesday, October 26, 2005

No, lie to him. He likes it.

lie (lī), n.
1. A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
2. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
A lie is a statement made by someone who believes or suspects it to be false, in the expectation that the hearers may believe it. Thus a true statement may be a lie if the speaker thinks it is false. Fictions, though false, are not lies. Depending on definitions, a lie can be a genuine falsehood or a selective truth, a lie by omission, or even the truth if the intention is to deceive or to cause an action not in the listener's interests. To lie is to tell a lie. A person who tells a lie, and especially a person who habitually tells lies, is a liar. To lie involves intentional deception.

There are some types of lie that are considered acceptable, desirable, or even mandatory, due to social convention. Types of conventional lie include:
  • excuses to avoid or terminate an undesired social encounter;
  • assurance that a social encounter is desired or has been pleasurable;
  • telling a dying person whatever they want to hear;
  • concealment of a breach of taboo.
Most people engage in such conventional lying, and do not apply the usual moral disapproval of lying to such situations. Conventional lies are viewed as a lesser category of lie, similar to white lies. However, a minority of people view them as malicious lies.

The capacity of hominids to lie is noted early and nearly universally in human development and language studies with Great Apes. One famous lie by the latter was when Koko the Gorilla, confronted by her handlers after a tantrum in which she had torn a steel sink out of its moorings, signed in American Sign Language, "cat did it," pointing at her tiny kitten. It is unclear if this was a joke or a genuine attempt at blaming her tiny pet.

Playlist:
All That Lies - Jason Mraz
Big Lie Small World - Sting
I Could Have Lied - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Lie To Me - Chris Isaak
Lie To Me - Jonny Lang
Lies - Elton John
Lies - Save Ferris
Lies Of A Lonely Friend - Amos Lee
Some Of My Lies Are True (Sooner Or Later) - Huey Lewis & The News
Tell Me A Little Lie - Huey Lewis & The News
True Lies - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Tell The Truth - Eric Clapton

4 Comments:

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Duly Inspired said...

Lies - Thompson Twins
Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger Allie#3ga said...

yum yum tuna bits.

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger tinyhands said...

1L- (downloading)

Mimi- You wanna beer? It's 7 o'clock in the morning. Scotch?

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger tonia said...

Would I Lie to You? - Eurythmics

 

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