UPDATED June 5th, 2018 

Just about everyone has told at least one little white lie in his or her lifetime. Many of us tell them all the time without even realizing it. For instance, anytime someone asks you if they look fat or saying yes to a second cup of coffee just to be polite. The Collins English Dictionary defines a little white lie as, “a minor or unimportant lie, esp one uttered in the interests of tact or politeness.” Even experts are divided about when, if ever, it’s okay to tell a white lie but we can all agree it’s a slippery slope from politeness to deception.