Calling a Spade a Spade

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A lady once said to me, “I have got so in the habit of exaggerating that my friends accuse me of exaggerating so that they don’t understand me.”
She asked, “Can you help me? What can I do to overcome it?”
“Well,” I said, “the next time you catch yourself lying, go right to that party and say you have lied, and tell him you are sorry. Say it is a lie; stamp it out, root and branch; that is what you want to do.”
“Oh,” she said, “I wouldn’t like to call it lying.”
But that is what it was.