Earthly manners of conspicuous trues and lies. A study reveals elephants can fly
I will give you a penny for every time you tell a true, you will be very rich in no time.
Deception, deceit, hoax, delusion, guile, fraud, fraudulence, cheat, dishonesty, lie, falsehood, untruth, mendacity, mockery, prevaricate, equivocate.
A lie is an assertion that is believed to be false, typically used with the purpose of deceiving someone. The practice of communicating lies is called lying. A person who communicates a lie may be termed a liar.
Few human behaviors are viewed as paradoxically as lying, we learn as children that it is wrong, yet we lie every day in the name of civility. We deem those who lie too often or extensively as untrustworthy, while we may call those who lie too little guileless. And though we routinely expect marketers and politicians to lie, we spare them no end of moral outrage when they do.
Richard A. Friedman, M.d.
Why do we tell lies?