[Ads-l] Bald-faced liar

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 17 00:17:53 UTC 2019

I wrote about "bald-faced" and "bold-faced" lies in a Wall St. Journal
column in 2015:


On Outline (no paywall): https://outline.com/29ASta

On Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 6:49 PM Alan Knutson <boris1951 at charter.net> wrote:

> I would have thought they confused it with bold-faced liar.
> On 2/16/2019 5:25 PM, James A. Landau wrote:
> > An email from Ultraviolet.org (I'll be happy to forward it to anyone who
> is interested) had the subject line "Susan Collins: Bald-faced liar".
> >
> > I think it most likely someone meant to say "bare-faced liar" and didn't
> quite get it correct.  However, there is the possibility the e-mail writer
> thought "a woman cannot be described as "bare-faced" and substituted a
> similar-sounding adjective.
> >
> >

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