Bald-faced vs. boldface

If you need a word meaning shameless, brazen, or obvious, use the phrasal adjective bald-faced (and don’t forget the hyphen). Of course, this adjective can also be used to describe an unadorned and shaven face. The adjective boldface (not boldfaced) refers to text that looks like this. It has no other uses.


FOX News is no stranger to telling bald-faced lies. [Aiken Area Progressive]

While “Untouchable” will not change the course of cinema, it is a story that spells “cautionary” in boldface and all-caps. [Chicago Tribune]

If you encounter a bald-faced hornet nest next summer, have no fear. [Ohio Birds and Biodiversity]

Boldface type highlights important symptoms and signs. []

19 thoughts on “Bald-faced vs. boldface”

  1. Grammar is correct, facts are wrong…it’s CNN, not Fox, that is no stranger to bald-faced lies. Just thought you’d like to know. By the way, I won’t be visiting you politically biased website again.

  2. Did you guys not see the links references for every single statement? This writer most likely just did a search for uses of “bald-faced” and “boldface” without any attempt at furthering any particular agenda.

  3. Give an example of a bald-faced lie that Fox News told. Come on, one bald-faced lie. It’s so easy to spew ideological propaganda, and on a grammar site no less, not so easy to back up YOUR own bald-faced lies. Dis-gust-ing.

  4. It just never ceases to amaze me how adult, educated people could favor a “news” source with such a clear political preference. Journalism is meant to be a presentation of facts. The facts have no bias, they just ARE. They are not meant to skewed, spun, or discussed with a specific agenda in mind. If you’re a Republican or you’re a Democrat, fine, so be it. But you’re not doing yourself any favors by watching tabloid television that’s designed to sell you a viewpoint from the opposite side of the table. If you want to shame CNN or MSNBC for their sensationalism, good on you, but if you’re doing so in defense of Fox News, of all things, you are extremely misguided.

  5. President 0bama told a bald-faced lie when he said “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

    President 0bama told a bald-faced lie when he said “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

  6. I can’t find any citation, but I remember reading in high school (30+ years ago) that a politician was asked to respond to an unfavorable headline and he said it was a “boldface lie,” referring to the headline itself as boldface. Searching the ‘net, it looks like I can’t find citation because it’s a urban legend. That’s a shame, it was such a good origin.

  7. If Grammarist’s intent was to foment ideological hatred in its comment section with the Fox News example, then they succeeded. If that was not their intent, then they could have used an example that was less…bald-faced, perhaps?


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