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Spotted in the wild:
- ACU Challenges John Kerry to Prove His Whopper Is Not a Lie
The candidate’s claim that he met with foreign leaders looks like boldfaced lie, says ACU’s Lessner (The American Conservative Union, Headline)
- Bush = Bold-faced liar (link)
- Those sneaky, seemingly straight shooting, look you in the eye, and bold-faced lie people. We’ve all met one. And even when every instinct is telling you they’re lying, we stand there, nodding and smiling and buying their lies. (link)
People appear to have lost their trust in the veracity of news reporting. Lies are even expected in the boldface letters of headlines, as it is illustrated by this Boondocks cartoon (which uses the term as a pun).
_Bold-faced_ has made it into WordNet, which lists the following glosses:
>audacious, barefaced, bodacious, bold-faced, brassy, brazen, brazen-faced, insolent — (unrestrained by convention or propriety; “an audacious trick to pull”; “a barefaced hypocrite”; “the most bodacious display of tourism this side of Anaheim”- Los Angeles Times; “bold-faced lies”; “brazen arrogance”; “the modern world with its quick material successes and insolent belief in the boundless possibilities of progress”- Bertrand Russell)
A variant of the original idiom is _bare-faced lie_. It is, according to this thread from the WORD-L mailing list, used in Britain, but also in parts of the United states. Just like _bald-faced_, _bare-faced_ lends itself to eggcornological reinterpretation and therefore gets an entry of its own.