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Penfolds5 Tue 02-Jun-15 13:52:11

I pretend to like films with subtitles, but in reality I find them hard to read and would go for bad dubbing/a Cameron Diaz romcom any day.

I've also been known to switch my radio from Smooth FM to Radio 4 or 6 when someone's coming over.

Fudgeface123 Tue 02-Jun-15 13:55:48

None confused

BlueBananas Tue 02-Jun-15 13:57:02

I can't think of anything
I find this a bit strange tbh, why do you do this?

Penfolds5 Tue 02-Jun-15 13:57:09

Well, you could at least have lied about that to make me feel better, Fudge

coffeetasteslikeshit Tue 02-Jun-15 13:57:13


DamsonInDistress Tue 02-Jun-15 13:58:25

None. It's odd behaviour tbh.

luckiestgirlintheworld Tue 02-Jun-15 13:59:49

That I bath/shower more than about once a week. I don't smell or get greasy hair so no one knows as long as I don't go announcing it.

FaintlyHopeful Tue 02-Jun-15 14:00:08

I speed up when I pass another runner and pretend I was going at that speed all along. I also sometimes buy Heat, but would always dispose of it before going home.

DownWithThisTypeOfThing Tue 02-Jun-15 14:01:05

Not to keep up appearances, but more to keep the peace. If it wasn't for making things tough(er) for my lovely mother in law I'd happily tell my FIL what I thought of him.

tootiredtoknow Tue 02-Jun-15 14:01:37

I allow people (in sales show rooms etc) to think that me and DP are married sometimes not because I'm embarrassed by the fact that we aren't but because its less effort to explain otherwise.

Penfolds5 Tue 02-Jun-15 14:01:47

Oh come on now, I'm only talking about occasional little shifts in attitude you still find yourself making to fit in with those around you/project certain things. I think you're all lying now grin

TurnOverTheTv Tue 02-Jun-15 14:02:12

Why do you care about what people think? Do you think you're friends/family are going to gossip about you listening to Smooth Radio? confused

midnightvelvet01 Tue 02-Jun-15 14:02:44

Not so much now but I did when I was younger.

At Uni I would tell people I'm from Warwickshire rather than the West Midlands

ItsTricky Tue 02-Jun-15 14:03:01

Not really now, but when I was younger I pretended to love going out and getting drunk when really I was happier on the sofa watching Blind Date.

Age is great for stopping giving a fuck about what people think.

tootiredtoknow Tue 02-Jun-15 14:03:01

Oh and exactly what downwith said but in reverse. My MIL deserves her own AIBU board.

MyballsareSandy Tue 02-Jun-15 14:03:05

A colleague who must be a mumsnetter spotted a Daily Mail hanging out my bag and I told her I found it on the train blush.

MamaLazarou Tue 02-Jun-15 14:03:54

I pretend to my son that I disapprove of swearing. When he's not around I've got a proper potty mouth.

Penfolds5 Tue 02-Jun-15 14:03:58

Ah, thank god for you, Faint, tootired, luckiest and Down.

I do the pretending to be married thing too, tootired, with several elderly neighbours

ShaynePunim Tue 02-Jun-15 14:04:47

Wedding date vs DC1 birth date. Or let's just say I keep it very vague if I can. grin

MyballsareSandy Tue 02-Jun-15 14:04:59

Oh and I once told the recycling bin man that we'd had a big party that weekend, when I staggered up the drive with the bottle recycling blush.

taptapioca Tue 02-Jun-15 14:05:42

I always nod and smile when people talk about the xfactor, BGT. I pretend that I just didn't get a chance to see it that week rather than letting on that I think they are terrible programmes.

Penfolds5 Tue 02-Jun-15 14:06:54

Myballs, I have on occasion bought a decoy newspaper to hide Heat under

blackrabbitwhiterabbit Tue 02-Jun-15 14:06:56

Give the Op a break!

Yesterday i found myself fibbing to bloke i really fancy at work, pretending that i, too, adored the city of York and visited on thursday of last week blush

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Tue 02-Jun-15 14:07:35

I pretend I'm normal.

All signs of Asperger's, ADHD and crippling depression and anxiety are skilfully hidden.

It's fecking exhausting.

I tend not to socialise much and just hang out on here with you guys.


LobsterQuadrille Tue 02-Jun-15 14:08:13

Oh yes. That I "don't like the taste of alcohol" rather than "I'm a recovering alcoholic". Even worse, than I sometimes read the Mail on line just so I can comment on it.

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