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17 White Lies Every English Lit Student Has Told At Least Once at Uni

“Sometimes it is better to tell a lie than to tell the truth” – William Shakespeare. Probably.

1. “Of course I know what that word means, I study English.”

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2. “Shakespeare is even more fun the seventh time round…”

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3. “Watching the film is probably as good as reading the book.”

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4. “I’d never use Sparknotes though.”

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5. “I’ll sit near my work and it’ll probably get done.”

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6. “I’m really glad I chose to study medieval literature.”

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7. “I can stay awake in this lecture about grammar.”

“Fascinating stuff.”

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8. “I’ll come back to this essay in 5 minutes.”

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9. “I can resist the peer pressure to go out.” 

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10. “I have my best ideas when I’m out anyway.” 

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11. “I’ll be able to catch up if I just spend all night reading.”

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12. “Studying my favourite book didn’t completely ruin it for me.”

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13. “I’ve got absolutely ages to do my coursework…”

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14. “Seriously, I’m way ahead if anything.”

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15. “My reading list won’t cost that much, and anyway its a lifelong investment.” 

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16. “I totally don’t mind checking my essays over 100 times.”

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17. “At least analysing imagery is a really useful life skill.”

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