Monday, October 4, 2010

Petty annoyances.

I really, really hate it when people use the word "tale" when all they mean is "story." I think in part because it leads to unnecessarily frou-frou constructions such as, "It tells quite a tale." But really I'm not sure why it pisses me off so much. Your thoughts?


  1. it makes me think of coover saying myth=sacred, tale=profane... i tend to just say text, tho--it's more broad.

  2. It's annoying for me too, I think because it cutesifies the act of talking about stories. See also: yarn.

    One of my friends almost hemorrhaged in annoyance when our school paper reviewed a long book and called it a "tome."

    I'm less annoyed when musicians call a song a tune, but it might come from the same sort of place.