the word is “paltering” (apparently)

This article caught my eye: “When telling the truth is actually dishonest.”

The distinction between deliberately lying and deliberately making a true statement in order to deceive is — it seems to me — pretty arbitrary. Certainly if I was the person being deceived, I’d be pissed off either way.

But it does matter to some people. I remember that some of the Quaker jokes I heard growing up (Quaker jokes are only told by Quakers — who else would bother?) involved Quakers, usually businessmen, getting the better of someone in a business deal by paltering.

Maybe this is why I’ve used this with The Golden, who, as far as anybody can tell, always tell the truth, because in the story where they’re introduced they to this exact thing.

And it turns out there’s a word for it, which is cool.

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