On “Seinfeld” Kramer had friends that never appeared. Bob Sacamano, Lomez , Jay Riemenschneider , just to name a few.
Kramer always brought these names up to make a point about about a topic, claiming the same thing happened to these friends of his. Like providing an expert that nobody can cross examine. In the spectrum of the show, I’m wondering if such characters actually existed or if Kramer just made them up.
I ask this because there is a guy I work with (actually he works a different shift but I still have lots of contact with him) that does the exact same thing. Regardless of the topic he always has a friend, a former cow orker, a cousin, etc. who is in the field of the topic or had an experience relevant to what’s being discussed, etc, etc… He uses such people to prove his points or back up that he knows what he’s talking about as someone he knows did it or had it happen to them, or is an expert on the subject and they told him all about it.
Of course, the rest of us know he doesn’t have acquaintance with any of these people . When challenged on his claim he’ll get very defensive and insist that he’ll introduce us to such person and they can tell us the facts. Of course, that’s never happened.
Is there a name for doing this. Lying seems too easy a term to fall back on and I wouldn’t go so far as to say delusional as I’m sure he knows such people don’t really exist. Currently we all just use the term “full of shit”.