The Devil's Dictionary: Fib (n.)
A lie that has not cut its teeth. A habitual liar's nearest approach to truth, the perigee of his eccentric orbit.
But the truth is, -- I am not a wise man ; ---- and besides am a mortal of so little consequence in the world, it is not much matter what I do ; so I seldom fret or fume at all about it. -- Tristam Shandy