Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Misused Phrase of the Day: I'm Not Gonna Lie...

I love the English language. I love all the ways it can be used, and I find it hilarious when it’s abused. I have a number of favorite language and grammar abuses, such as inappropriate quotation marks and misuse of the word “literally”. Here’s a new one: The phrase, “I’m not gonna lie.”

I hear people use this phrase often. It is usually abused.

Here is an example of the phrase properly used:

“I’m not gonna lie, this punch I’m about to aim at your head is going to hurt.”
Okay, you’re going to punch someone in the head and you don’t want to sugar coat the situation. The punch is going to hurt and you’re not going to lie about it. Good for you.

Here is an example of the phrase being abused (I really heard someone say this recently):

“I’m not gonna lie, this brownie sundae is delicious.”
What? Why on earth would you lie about that? Unless said brownie sundae has been garnished with amputated puppy ears, you have absolutely no reason to conceal your pleasure in eating it.


- Celes - said...

I would lie to prevent those from stealing said sundae. However, if that's the effect they want, they're doing it wrong. I would say,

"I'm not gonna lie! This is the worse sundae ever!"

I'm not gonna lie, I'm not at all condoning lying.

Brian said...

I literally jumped out of my skin after reading this post.