October 07, 2004
Humans have a strange compulsion to tell the truth. That means one way to catch people in lies is to pay attention to the words they use, the phrasing, mannerism tics, etc. In other words, anything that shows the inner dialogue is actually telling the truth despite the dishonest outer dialogue.
Today, we now know that Bill Clinton did have sex with Monica Lewinsky, and despite the torturous definition of the word 'is', it is clear that even former President Clinton thinks so. This is revealed by the exact phrasing of the sentence he used for his denial:
"I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky." Now, he couldn't actually say, "I didn't have sex with Monica Lewinsky" because he knew that was a lie and feared some hooding of the eyes or other twitch might betray him. Choosing to state it that way, most people would probably take it the way he wanted, that "Monica Lewinsky" was an appositive for "that woman", and thus are one and the same; but to pull off the lie, he most likely made a mental shift and "that woman" was a different woman than "Monica Lewinsky."
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