tale

tale (n.) O.E. talu "story, tale, the action of telling," from P.Gmc. *talo (Cf. Du. 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 (Cf. tell)) and O.Fris. tale, M.Du. tal "number," O.S. tala "number," O.H.G. zala, Ger. 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 (Cf. talk) and TELL (Cf. tell). Meaning "things divulged that were given secretly, gossip" is from mid-14c.; first record of talebearer "tattletale" is late 15c.

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