Posted by ESC on November 30, 2000
In Reply to: George Washinghton :I can´t tell a lie posted by ESC on November 30, 2000
: : George Washington: I can´t tell a lie
: : What is the origin of this saying and how is it used in the US.
: : (Does this accuse someone lying? How do children react on this)
: : Thanks in advance
: : Max
: That story was a work of fiction. I'll have to get back to you on who wrote it and when.
Q: Did George Washington chop down a cherry tree?
A: Probably not. The story was likely invented by a man named Mason Weems shortly after Washington's death. Ironically, the story was intended to show how honest Washington was: George confesses to his father saying, "I cannot tell a lie."
From http://www.virginia.edu/gwpapers/faq/index.html More about the fable is at http://www.virginia.edu/gwpapers/documents/weems/index.html