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Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
 
Ever wonder what that means and why there are three parts to this simple oath?  Let's take a look at it - broken down.
 
Do you swear to tell the 'truth' - that's pretty easy to understand. It means you won't lie.
 
Do you swear to tell the 'whole truth' - what this means is; it's considered lying if you don't tell the whole truth.  Leaving facts and details out of whatever you're saying in order to mislead or that might cause the listener to misunderstand is not being truthful.
 
Do you swear to tell 'nothing but the truth' - this means basically the same as above, but adds that; it's considered lying if you color your truthful statement with untrue facts that might cause the listener to be misled.
 
Fact is: If you do don't tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth when you tell a listener something - "you are a liar".
 
Here it is again with examples:
 
Copied (mostly) from somewhere on the Internet.

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

What does this mean when a witness is asked to swear: “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” I find it astonishing that so many people don’t know.

This goes for life outside a courtroom, when answering a question or making a statement.  Many people leave facts out to mislead the other person or add facts for the same reason. Sadly, in the talker’s mind they believe they are not being dishonest, even though they know full well they aren’t telling the real truth. I hate people who lie in any form.

There’s a difference between truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth.  And the truths are all stated explicitly because some people try to weasel out of telling the real truth.

First, witnesses are asked to tell “the truth.” This means that they must not lie in response to a question.

Second, they’re asked to tell “the whole truth.” This means something else. For example, if a governor says that “in my state, we’ve moved 17,000 people from welfare to work” and omits adding the fact that in his state, 25,000 other people moved from work to welfare at the same time, he has told “the truth” but he hasn’t told “the whole truth.” That is, the net effect was that 8,000 more people were on welfare, not 17,000 fewer.

Third, witnesses are asked to tell “nothing but the truth.” This is yet another concept. For example, if a person tells the truth in response to a question and then adds a lie, he or she has told “the truth” but he hasn’t told “nothing but the truth.”
 
 

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