LONDON: Eight out of ten Brits have admitted to lying to appear intelligent, according to the results of a new study.

62% admitted to lying about having read ‘classic’ novels such as Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and George Orwell’s 1984, Metro reports.

Meanwhile, 53% said that they have changed their appearance and 26% have purposely corrected other people’s grammar. 18% have dropped famous quotes into conversations and 14% have claimed to have better knowledge of a foreign language.

Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings said that the study shows that “being intelligent has never been more attractive and that the vast majority of us are working hard to appear smarter than we actually are”.–DS