I have a thing, I like to see cliches properly stated and properly used. It is a thrill for me to meet someone of a "like mind" who uses cliche in speech and writing, and does it "with grace and charm".
"Moving right along," I "long for the days" when cliche held the role of "adding color" to the written word. I think I have "made my point."
There is a cliche that I think is being abused, "tossed on the trash heap of history." It's a lovely cliche perfectly describes a consummate and pathological liar. "Bald-Faced Liar" the producer of the infamous "Bald-Faced Lie." These days a politician is as likely to be accused of "bold-faced" lying as he is to be named a Bald-Faced Liar. I have no dispute with the concept of lying with a "bold-face," but the cliche is not about lying bravely, or lying with a BOLDFACE, it is about lying well. "Boldface" is a typeface used to emphasize words.
The correct cliche is "bald-faced." A "bald" face is clean shaven. Beards were common in the 18th and 19th century. A beard masks facial expressions. A "poker-face" is easier with a full beard than with a clean shave. The Beard masks facial expressions. A bald-faced liar is a consummate liar. The "bald-faced" liar is able to lie without detection. The guilt of the lie does not show on his face.
It may well be true that the politician who denies an affair with his paramour at his side is lying Bold-faced, But if his lie is detected when he looks lovingly at the paramour, he is NOT lying Bald-faced. No doubt he is lying, but if his face or for that matter his body language exposes the lie, he is just Plain Lying. To lie with a bald face, you have to get by with the lie.
Perhaps I should revise my dictionary of cliche and add "Bold Faced Liar" to the long list of colorful language that, like the ubiquitous smiley face are a part of our daily communications. Resistance is futile. Rape of the language is inevitable, the rapists are "at the gates."
The new term is Bold-Faced Liar, it refers to lying bravely in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It is used to describe statements that are refutable. If, as is usually the case in political "mud slinging," the lie is exposed using a "bald-faced lies" the term makes sense as an epithet. Using the term "bold-faced liar" is generally an attempt to create reasonable doubt about Bald-Faced Truth.
If you want to make it clear, TO ME and other speakers of English that you believe the politician is lying after a "close shave" use the archaic "bald-faced lie."
If you intend to convey the idea that the alleged lie is being presented with a BRAVE face say so. It is very insulting to say he "put on a brave face," and lied in the face of overwhelming evidence he was lying. Like OJ Simpson's lawyers did. If as is usually the case, your intent is to obfuscate, bewilder or denigrate with innuendo please do use the new term, "Bold Faced." If you use that term, and the meaning is brave or powerful, you have called the opponent a liar and immature at the same time. Call it a "bald-faced lie" and have it proven true, and you become known for lying. Call it "bold-faced." If you get caught in error, you are still a liar, but at least your opinion that the opponent is immature has not been challenged.
With many cliches there's a connection with the real world. A bald face is Hairless, bold face is synonymous with "brave face" as in the cliche "he put on a 'brave face.'" So the confusion is easy. Adding to the potential for ambiguity is that pesky printers expression, boldface. Regarding, "bold-faced liar," It may have a place, but might better be expressed "brave faced liar," to avoid that ambiguity problem all together. Three year old boys are famous for "brave-faced lies." Mommy, "Peanut (the imaginary dragon) broke your favorite picture frame." Now that is a brave-faced lie if the youngster is standing with part of the frame in one hand. If a half hour later Peanut appears, breaking another picture frame, well, mommy owes the child an apology, maybe a dish of Rocky Road Ice Cream (daddy's favorite), if there were any damages to the three year old.
That term "Brave-Faced Liar" could be used in the case of Alaska Rep. Don Young as he says, "This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again because it is a national phenomena. Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/06/02/1304209/don-young-gulf-oil-spill-not-an.html#ixzz0pzhDDJpY
Just an aside, a ponder this question, Did Young Mean National PHENOMENA, as in the laws I helped repeal would have prevented this MAN-MADE disaster, or did he mean to say, Natural phenomena, which, had it been said with a guile less expression would have been a BALD-faced lie.
Pleas allow me to make a short explanation here. Most of my life I have been involved in Propaganda. That is I am, and have been for a very long time, a Professional Propagandist. I wrote and delivered news, that is propaganda. Virtually all of it is propaganda. A news report of a riot is propaganda. It can be slanted in many ways, IT CANNOT be presented without being propaganda. Depending on the slant it either glorifies the cause of the rioter, or it consoles and asks sympathy for the victims of the riot. Even if it is totally objective and presents only who what where and when, the reader will fill in why. I can almost hear the screaming, but here goes, if you have a brain, stay neutral on the facts of any news story. Otherwise I will be forced to give you a sign that says, boldfaced, "I'm stupid."
I also wrote a lot of advertising copy in my time in radio. There is a real pile of propaganda. ABSOLUTELY NO NEGATIVE IMAGES -- EVER, unless it's political, and then the sky's the limit.
Please, no matter how often you are asked or told, do not accept without question anything you ever hear or read that leaves you with a gloriously positive or horrifyingly negative impression of anything from torture and murder to faith in the eternal mercy of God.
PROPAGANDA was invented by the Roman Catholic Church to formalize the distribution and spreading of the Good Word of God. Evangelism is propaganda, so are all political party platforms, and any conversation that attempts to convince you anything might be true.