Boldfaced and barefaced lies

Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Thu Mar 6 09:24:26 UTC 2003

In reply to a message from John Baker:

Many thanks for your researches. Yes, "barefaced" and "baldfaced" as
standalone terms are very much older than the compound forms with
"lie". Your examples from 1961 onwards are valuable indications of
the rise of "baldfaced lie" as the alternative form to the older
"barefaced" version.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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