Secrets and Lies

PEPSI Truth and Lies (PDF)

A: How much for this bottle of water?
B: 10 bucks, please.
A: Jesus Christ! 10 dollars? Are you kidding me? Are you out of your mind? What a rip off! That’s way too expensive!


Bucks (s) – American dollars.
Jesus Christ (e) – expression used to express shock or surprise. Synonyms: “Oh my God | Oh my Gosh | Oh my Goodness”
Are you kidding me? (e) | Are you out of your mind? (e) | For real? (s)(e) – An expression you use when you hear something unbelievable or ridiculous.
A rip-off (s) – something that is overpriced or an inferior imitation.
To rip (someone) off (pv) – to steal, swindle or copy something from someone.

A: Hey, babe. I have to call off our plan on Friday.
B: Sweetie, why can’t you come to my party on Friday?
A: I’m feeling under the weather. I’m so sorry.
B: What? Don’t play games with me. I know you are in a rooftop bar having a good time.
A: …How did you know that?
B: You posted it on Facebook one hour ago!
A: Oh…I’m sorry. I didn’t want to make you upset, so I told a little white lie.
B: Honesty is the best policy. You don’t have to lie.


Babe | Baby | Hon | Honey | Sister (Sista) | Sweetie | Chica (s) – informal words women use to address each other.
To call something off (pv) – to cancel.
To be/feel under the weather (i) – to feel sick, unwell.
To play games with someone (i) – to not be honest, to lie, to behave in an insincere, evasive or manipulative way.
A white lie (i) – a harmless lie used when you want to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, or to be polite.
Honesty is the best policy (p) – it is best to be honesty.

A: How old are you?
B: I’m 38 years old.
A: You’re lying through your teeth! You look amazing for your age!
B: Thank you. You made my day.


To lie through (one’s) teeth (i) – to lie in someone’s face, to lie directly in front of them or to lie without fear. E.g. You’re lying through your teeth. I saw you steal the money.
To make (someone’s) day (e) – when someone did or said something nice to you. The meaning is ‘you made my day wonderful’, but we shorten it to ‘you made my day’.

Yesterday, I went to the Casino. I told my friend I won $500, but I didn’t tell him I lost $1000. I didn’t really lie to him. I just bent the truth.


To bend the truth (i) – to not tell someone the entire truth, leaving out or changing parts of the story. g. People bend the truth very often, they rarely tell you the full story.

In a job interview, many candidates stretch the truth regarding their skills and experiences. One candidate wrote down that he speaks 8 languages fluently! I don’t believe that.


To stretch the truth (i) – to exaggerate (enlarge) the truth, to make something bigger or seem better than it really is. People often exaggerate their height, their salary, and their accomplishments. e.g. Many people stretch the truth during job interviews.

A: I can’t believe you told my secret to everyone. Now everyone knows about my secret.
B: It wasn’t me. I swear to God!
A: Don’t tell a lie. I know it was you. You rat! You stabbed me in the back!
B: Okay, okay. You got me. I told everyone. I’ve always disliked you. The truth hurts.


I swear to God (e) [I swear’d God] I’m telling the truth. Believe me.
A rat (n)(s) – a disloyal or deceitful person, someone who gives information to the authorities.
To stab (someone) in the back (i) – to betray someone; to act friendly in front of people but hurt them behind their back. The person is called ‘a backstabber (s)’.
The truth hurts (e) – the truth is unpleasant, the truth is not always what we want to hear. It’s sometimes upsetting to hear. Often, used after telling the truth.

PEPSI Discussion Questions

  1. Do you have slang for money in your own country? How many bucks is a BigMac in your country?
  2. Tell your partner some shocking news. Respond with ‘Jesus Christ‘.
  3. Have you ever been ripped off when traveling to another country?
  4. How do you feel when someone calls off an appointment or meeting a day before? How many days in advance should you let the other person know?
  5. Are you feeling under the weather? Do you think it’s a good excuse to use?
  6. How do you feel when people are playing games with you? Do you do this to others? Or do you know anyone who plays games a lot?
  7. Have you dated someone who often played games with you?
  8.  Do you agree that honesty is the best policy? When is it acceptable to tell a white lie?
  9. Are you a good liar? Are you good at lying through your teeth?
  10. Are you good at keeping secrets?
  11. Have you ever bent the truth or stretched the truth in a job interview, in a date, when meeting someone for the first time?
  12. Has anyone stabbed you in the back before? What happened?