One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to correct oneself immediately when one realizes that one has made an incorrect remark.‘I never used to dream—I tell a lie, I did dream when I was little’
- ‘Actually that's a lie; I've seen daughter #3 covet some of the things in that shop and she's almost 19!’
- ‘No I tell a lie, I actually thought about making pancakes, my folks have gone away to Ilfracombe for the weekend leaving me and my brother to fend for ourselves, but then couldn't be bothered.’
- ‘No, wait, I tell a lie, I'll be back there next month.’
- ‘Okay, I tell a lie, that's not his only purpose in life.’
- ‘Actually, that's a lie - we managed to establish that we both love liquorice.’
- ‘No, I tell a lie, Mother's day just beats it.’
- ‘Okay, I tell a lie; I recognised it as Tartan Day.’
- ‘Wait, I tell a lie - the youngest is only about ninety-seven, I should think.’
- ‘We are so jealous of you; well actually that's a lie.’
- ‘Actually, that's a lie, I returned to York on Monday night but this is the first time I've actually sat down at my computer to go through my e-mails.’
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