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When people say "in all honesty" and "to tell the truth" are they lying?

Old 10-17-06, 07:21 PM
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When people say "in all honesty" and "to tell the truth" are they lying?

I hear those phrases thrown out all the time.

In all honesty...

To be honest...

To tell the truth...



and it seems like a good majority of the time they are really lying.

Did I miss any phrases?

What's your experience? Do you use these phrases?

Tell the truth.
Old 10-17-06, 07:22 PM
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In all honesty...

yes
Old 10-17-06, 07:59 PM
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Usually, they are about to say something snarky, and the preface the remark with this so that you won't smack them. Hey, they were just being honest with you!
Old 10-17-06, 08:01 PM
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In all honesty...

its the fat that makes you look fat in that dress, not the dress
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To tell the truth, 4KRG, that outfit could be used to keep wolves at bay.
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You forgot the increasingly popular "I'ma gonna give it to ya real"
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I've found using the word "Basically" before anything is a big indication that the person is full of shit.
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I've got to be straight with you...

Here's the real deal...

Zod, you really should think about trimming that jungle in your armpits.
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basically, mrs nesbit is a male
Old 10-17-06, 08:41 PM
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Not necessarily. [/boring answer]

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Sure, some people may be lying when they say those things, but as for others, I for one think they are merely using figures of speech. They (including myself from time to time), may choose to use them as an introduction of sorts to help emphasize something they are going to say that they truly believe and or have a higher level of conviction for.

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Old 10-17-06, 10:51 PM
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Most of the quotations of Jesus in the bible start off with "I tell you the truth..."

So, I would have to vote that no, those phrases don't necessarily indicate lying.

Heck sometimes I throw in phrases like that to stall while my brain comprehends what the other person said.
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Almost always indicates a lie. I always hear "I'm gonna be honest with you, Sir...". That's when my BS meter kicks into full gear.

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When I hear someone say one of those things, it means that everything they've said up to that point has been bullshit.
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Originally Posted by Mrs.Nesbit
I've found using the word "Basically" before anything is a big indication that the person is full of shit.

What about "actually"?
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
When I hear someone say one of those things, it means that everything they've said up to that point has been bullshit.
Ditto. Which is why one should never use those phrases.
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Usually when I use that phrase, something very true and very politically incorrect is coming up next.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
When I hear someone say one of those things, it means that everything they've said up to that point has been bullshit.
Yeah, seriously!
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The phrase "in all honesty" makes me throw up in my mouth a little, since my most memorable experience of it was on my very first full-time office job after secretary school, more than 20 years ago. There was a married man who was trying to get in my knickers there and I was being as discouraging to him as possible. One day we were in the break room and he told me, "I'd like to say something, in all honesty. You and I would both enjoy me suckin' on your breasts." He was a skinny little hillbilly and maybe you had to be there, but I always die laughing inside whenever I hear this phrase today.

God, I'm sick.
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Glad I could help V.
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I think it depends on the person.

When I say "in all honesty" I am getting ready to say something that the person is likely not going to want to hear, like how stupid they are.

And yes I am known for being brutally honest, non-tactful and antisocial.

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This reminds me of a phrase often used here in the south. When an otherwise polite woman says "Bless his/her heart" you know someone is about to get insulted.

"Bless his heart, if they put his brain on the head of a pin, it'd roll around like a BB on a six-lane highway."

"Bless her heart, she's so bucktoothed, she could eat an apple through a picket fence."

"Bless her heart, she can't help being ugly, but she could've stayed home."
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Originally Posted by Brian Shannon
I think it depends on the person.

When I say "in all honesty" I am getting ready to say something that the person is likely not going to want to hear, like how stupid they are.

And yes I am known for being brutally honest, non-tactful and antisocial.

Is your last name really Shannon?

Be honest.






On the "bless her heart" I've heard that in movies.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
Is your last name really Shannon?

Be honest.
Yes it is? Why?
Old 10-18-06, 01:14 PM
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To be honest I don't see too many people use their full name like that and thought maybe you'd combined your wife's name with yours.

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