I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with my boyfriend for years. It concerns what makes a lie, a lie!
I say anything that isn’t true is a lie. If you only admit a partial truth in order to conceal something, that’s a lie too. Especially if it’s to hide your own transgressions, no matter how trivial. I say that some lies are most definitely meant to protect the listener but they are still a lie.
He says if a lie is told to protect from hurting someones feelings then it’s not really a lie. I say we all lie everyday. He says he never lies.