There is a lot of “misspeaking” going around. (I am not naming names.) The responses to these “misspoken” words, by some, has been to unequivocally suggest that the words uttered were lies. My response was to look up the definition. Needless to say I was correct in my understanding according to Webster’s New Word Dictionary & Thesaurus.
There were quite a few definitions of ‘lie’ depending on the context in which the word was used. Examples: Lie in bed, lie down on the job, Canada lies to the north of the United States of America, and the position of a golf ball – rough lie. If you spell lie with a capital “L” – Lie then it is the name of Jonas Lie a painter, Trgve (Halvdan) Lie a novelist, and I am sure many others. When your child misbehaves and does not tell the truth you do not accuse him of misspeaking, you determine that he has indeed lied.
What does Webster’s say:
lie = 1 a) to make a statement that one knows is false, esp. with intent to deceive b) to make such statements habitually
2 to give a false impression; deceive one !statistics can lie”
vt. to bring, put, accomplish, etc. by lying !to lie oneself into office”
n. a false statement or action, esp. one made with intent to deceive
2 anything that gives or is meant to give a false impression
3 the charge of lying
SYN.—lie is the simple direct word meaning to make a deliberately false
statement; prevaricate strictly means to quibble or confuse the issue in
order to evade the truth, but it is loosely used as a formal or affected
substitute for lie; equivocate implies the deliberate use of ambiguity in
order to deceive or mislead; fabricate suggests the invention of a false
story, excuse, etc. intended to deceive and is, hence, sometimes used as a
somewhat softer equivalent for lie; fib implies the telling of a falsehood
about something unimportant and is sometimes a euphemism for lie
The definition of misspeak- to speak or say incorrectly
Synonym of misspeak -mispronounce
The definition of liar – a person who tells lies
The questions: If a person KNOWS he did not do something but says he did is it misspoken words or a lie.
Does it make a difference if you lie to your wife, your children, your local constituents or the nation? When does a liar become a liar and when do you say enough is enough?