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Origin of tale
Examples from the Web for tale
Urban America is often portrayed as a tale of two kinds of places, those that “have it” and those who do not.
Much of the fun of The Churchill Factor comes from the delightful and evervescent way Johnson tells the tale.
The basic plot of The Virgin Spring, which was lifted off a Medieval tale, became the framework for The Last House on the Left.
At its core, the tale revealed by the leak of what may be more than a million classified documents is a complicated one.‘Citizenfour’ Is Mesmerizing (If You Don’t Mind the Omissions)|Michael Cohen|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The result is a Shakespeare-imbued tale of the 20th century.
Hear me—hear me, while I tell you the tale of my troubles, that others may take warning.An Outcast|F. Colburn Adams
The old woman tried to tell Jud Carpenter's tale, and Conway heard enough.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore
One of her dogs had strayed, and she was beating the town to find him; but she paused to listen to his tale.Grey Town|Gerald Baldwin
I will give you a drawing of it, and if you find it as I describe, you will know that my tale is true.A Dozen Ways Of Love|Lily Dougall
Before we turned in, the scaffolding of the tale had been put together.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
- a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossipto bear tales against someone
- (in combination)talebearer; taleteller
- to tell fanciful lies
- to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc, esp to someone in authority
- a number; amount
- computation or enumeration
Word Origin for tale
Old English talu "story, tale, the action of telling," from Proto-Germanic *talo (cf. Dutch taal "speech, language"), from PIE root *del- "to recount, count." The secondary English sense of "number, numerical reckoning" (c.1200) probably was the primary one in Germanic; cf. teller (see tell) and Old Frisian tale, Middle Dutch tal "number," Old Saxon tala "number," Old High German zala, German Zahl "number."
The ground sense of the Modern English word in its main meaning, then, might have been "an account of things in their due order." Related to talk and tell. Meaning "things divulged that were given secretly, gossip" is from mid-14c.; first record of talebearer "tattletale" is late 15c.
see old wives' tale; tall tale; tell tales; thereby hangs a tale.