You might have heard someone around you say that someone else told a specific kind of lie – a ‘bald-faced,’ ‘bold-faced,’ or ‘barefaced’ lie. But which one is correct? We’ll answer that in this article, plus teach you how to use the expression in a sentence correctly. You’ll also learn how to pronounce the phrase correctly.
Need a quick answer? Here it is:
You might have seen both variations of this term floating around the internet, but which is it?
Most people seem to prefer both ‘bald-faced’ and ‘bold-faced’ these days. The terms can be used interchangeably because they mean the same thing.
The only difference is the spelling of the phrases.
As you just learned, the correct one is both.
Both ‘bald-faced’ and ‘bold-faced’ are okay to use in your writing.
They’re both accepted ways to write the phrase.
However, ‘bald-faced’ seems to be the preferred spelling of the two.
These phrases all sound similar, but they mean the same things, which means they're not homophones.
According to Merriam-Webster, the phrase ‘bald-faced’ and ‘bold-faced’ are lies that are told without concern for their ethical implications and in full disregard for anyone affected.
In the 19th century, people used the phrase ‘barefaced lie’ to describe a lie such as this. As early as the late 16th century, this term has been used to describe anyone having the face uncovered due to lack of a beard or mask.
Between these two time periods, it developed into meaning ‘open,’ ‘unconcealed,’ and ‘barefaced impudence,’ which slowly paved the way for the most recent meaning it holds today. The ‘bald-faced’ variation appeared in the mid-20th century.
Not sure how to pronounce these phrases? Here’s a short guide.
Now that you know what these phrases mean and how to pronounce them let’s see some examples of how to use them in a sentence.
To recap, we learned that:
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