White lies are variations on the facts designed to hide a truth that would otherwise be hurtful or harmful to hear. Here are some of the most common untruths uttered in order to maintain a little dignity and decorum when dating.
Little White Lie: I thought the meal was nice
Being polite after a less-than-appetizing meal sometimes requires you to serve up a little post-dinner deception. Especially on first dates -- and especially when your date is paying -- it's considered impolite, not to mention ungrateful, to complain about your meal. If your date seems displeased with the food, a subtle "uh huh" in agreement will suffice. There's no need to chime in with a scathing critique of the cuisine. Just make a mental note not to return to the establishment again - and another note to make sure you choose the dinner date venue next time.
Little White Lie: I really like opera/football/watching paint dry
There's not much harm in this little white lie, but like many of its untruthful counterparts, it can come back and bite you on the butt, big time. Your less-than-genuine enthusiasm for a date's hobbies can set a dangerous precedent. Picture yourself a few months down the track, a windy, rainy weekend blindly stumbling along a walking track in some god-forsaken national park - all because you said you loved bushwalking. Take it from me. I have sat through all the riveting action of the Tour de France because, in the first bloom of romance, I gave my beau the impression that I loved nothing more than watching endless hours of competitive cycling on television. Doh!
Little White Lie: I've only had a couple of serious relationships...
Questions about your sexual history are crass and invasive, especially when you're just getting to know someone, so don't hesitate in being vague when a date starts digging for dirt. This little white lie is a handy foil when the date conversation heads into too-intimate too-soon territory. And if you do end up seeing each on a more serious basis - thus deciding to be more forthcoming about your exes - you can always insist that you have only had a couple of serious relationships and the rest meant nothing.