Nail Tales — what does ‘no one special’ mean….

What is a lie?  Wikipedia (if it’s wrong — correct it) sez:
[lie (also called prevarication), is a type of deception in the form of an untruthful statement, especially with the intention to deceive others, often with the further intention to maintain a secret or reputation, protect someone's feelings or to avoid a punishment. To lie is to state something that one knows to be false or that one has not reasonably ascertained to be true with the intention that it be taken for the truth by oneself or someone else. A liar is a person who is lying, who has previously lied, or who tends by nature to lie repeatedly.]

Lies vary. One type of lie is ‘lying by omission’.  An example;

Sometime in my past….  I knew a man as an intermittent colleague. I knew nothing about his personal life. One day after a meeting, out of nowhere, he invited me to lunch. I accepted figuring we would continue our professional type discussion. It was a nice lunch — good conversation and he asked if he could see me again. I thought, “Why not.”  So we met again for lunch – and he expressed an interest in seeing me again socially — at which time I asked him if he was dating anyone. His response was “No one special.”

I figured, “OK, he goes on dates — but he doesn’t have a girlfriend.”

Where is the lie? He said, “No one special” omitting the fact that he had a live-in girlfriend who at that moment in time — didn’t exist.

I eventually found out about the girlfriend, or vice versa. It wasn’t a happy time for me or the girlfriend. More on that some other time.

Rumor has it the man still pretends the girlfriend doesn’t exist. I don’t miss him.