“with a straight answer.” A straight and honest answer is friendly and intimate, like a kiss on the lips. This proverb shows that it is not just in our modern times that it is difficult to get an honest answer. It has always been difficult to get a straight and honest answer from people, and this can be true for a number of reasons. Certainly there are dishonest people who do not want to tell the truth because they are involved in immoral or illegal dealings. But often a “friend” does not want to give an honest answer because they don’t want to take the risk of hurting anyone’s feelings or damaging the relationship.