Come on we have all done it … sometimes that exaggeration can slip off the tongue so when I read a recently commissioned study by MSC Cruises that revealed us Brits tell some massive whoppers in terms of exaggeration when we want to come across as cultured.
Is seems Brits or at least 21% of the people questioned have fibbed about where they have travelled to in the world. Something that the lovely Sarah from Champagne and Petals knows all to well when she admitted to me that; “I often say I loved LA when we had a stop over there on the way to Fiji … in fact I was there for 3 hours sat in the airport asleep after a long flight from London” … which must mean the airport is ace then!
How about this lovely tale from Kirsty from Life With Boys “I travelled Europe when I was 19 for 4 months. I like to rhyme off the 20 cities I’ve visited – like Berlin. I tell people I loved Berlin, really, I spent the majority of my time there in a stinking sweaty train, and the other half in a dingy old mans pub to drown my sorrows about the shocking journey to get there”
According to the study another 29% of people made out they were foodies to friends, family and colleagues, suggesting that they eat oysters, quinoa and sushi when they actually don’t.
A further 35% claimed they would consider a cruise to a destination such as the Mediterranean or Caribbean in a bid to appear more cultured. Although for me a Mediterranean cruise is on my top holidays wish list, but my reason is more my laziness to travel to so many destinations all in one hit (as I am not the best traveller)
How about films? 4 out of 10 of those questioned also admitted they had told porky pies on what films they have watched. Viewing wise Janet from Falcondale Life has been telling fibs on what she hasn’t watched on TV too! “I always tell people who I have never watched a single episode of Coronation Street and I never want to. Actually one day I decided to break the “never ever” and I sat down and watched a couple of episodes … Similar with Only Fools and Horses. I think I haven’t watched it but if I’m honest I must have done, that’s why I can remember some of the jokes” naughty naughty there Janet!
Don’t worry literature didn’t escape the exaggerations too with 17% saying they talked about famous literature but have never really read them! However the lovely Lauren from Belle Du Brighton takes that one a little further; “I told someone once I had read all of War and Peace. “I have since bought it and got about a third of the way through but my god it is hard going!” Well, she has out beaten me as I read the first page and never turned another!
Have you ever exaggerated the truth?
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