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"Lying" Isn't Lying

The words “lie” and “liar” are a common part of our parlance and yet few among us really have any genuine understanding of the nuances among lying, false expressions, opining, etc. If you ask a person a question and instead of answering, your respondent changes the subject, do we deem that to be a lie? When we conclude that not one word of a Senator's speech was true, are we not indicting ourselves inasmuch as no word, in and of itself, can be true or false in that no single word stands for any proposition.

If Barry negligently relies on Arnold by repeating what Arnold told him, does that make the Barry a liar? If Henry exaggerates his loss of weight when making an application for employment, would we deem him to be a liar?

If Peter is found to have told the truth more than 678,000 times, and we discover that he has lied about by calling in sick as a pretext to get out work, would we deem him to be a liar?

Must one intentionally mislead another in order to be found to have lied?

If a proposition were true last week but is no longer true this week, does that render the person a liar today as he utters last week's proposition (assuming it still to be true)?

Has not the concept of “liar” as a noun, for the most part outlived its usefulness?

Has not the verb “Lie,” become so tarnished, abused and misused that we should shed it from our vocabularies and call out others who continue to use it in a sloppy fashion?