“I ain’t gonna lie…” they say. I know the prompt says word but this phrase has been in and out of my ears a lot this summer. I hear it online and in person. What does it mean? How can you have an honest conversation with someone if it starts off with such a phrase. If the words following it are supposedly true, what about the others that came before, without the warning?
These are some of the thoughts that cross my mind when I hear someone say “I ain’t gonna lie…”
I’ve always been more literal than figurative with my speech, its just the way I am. So to hear people use “I ain’t gonna lie” so often as a preface to their own thoughts is both annoying and confusing to me. Why announce that you aren’t going to lie about the next thing you say, to me that makes it seem like lying is the default response. Now I’m not naive to the reality that people lie or give partial truths when communicating, but that doesn’t mean I have to subscribe to it.