[Ads-l] RES: "I'm/we're not going to lie"

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Wed Dec 13 23:18:43 EST 2017

I hear it quite a bit in my teenage sons' vocabulary, most recently two nights ago. It's usually in the form, "Not gonna lie".

    On Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:13 PM, David Daniel <dad at COARSECOURSES.COM> wrote:

 Yes! I have noticed increasing use, and it is indeed annoying. And it's
often, or even usually, something that one would not need to lie about.
"[I'm not] / [I ain't] gonna lie: I like chocolate." "Well, I'm glad you
found the courage to out yourself" - sort of thing.

Sender:      American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Poster:      Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      "I'm/we're not going to lie"

Has anyone else noticed an increasing use of the above phrase in both white
speech and writing, as in:

"We're not going to lie. The outcome of yesterday's election was an
unexpectedly-pleasant surprise."

I regard this as a somehow-annoying - I ain' gon' lie - standard calque on
the empty, for all practical purposes, BE catch-phrase,

_I ain' gon' lie_

roughly equivalent to - I ain' gon' lie - "no kidding," to the extent that
it's any more than a verbal tic like "Gnome sane?"

I ain' gon' lie. Gnome sane?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to come
from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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