believe it or not

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 10 06:49:17 UTC 2012

On Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
> Here's a folk saying that seems to have been overlooked despite its
> excellence:

"He lies when the truth can't hurt."

Again, I'm surprised. I couldn't find a single instance of it. But I did find,

"As the Jews say, 'Half of the truth is a whole lie.' "

So, I admit that I only half-assed finding a cite.

IAC, IME, "He lies…" and variants can be heard falling trippingly from
the tongue of any random Southerner.

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

The American Dialect Society -

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