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Oxford dictionary definition of the word tale:
1a fictitious or true narrative or story, especially one that is imaginatively recounted:
a delightful children’s tale
tales of witches and warlocks
she enjoyed hearing others tell their tales
2 archaic a number or total:
an exact tale of the dead bodies
a tale of a tub
archaic an apocryphal story.
gossip about or reveal another person’s secrets or wrongdoings:
she sparked a family row after telling tales about her mother on a TV show
Old English talu ‘telling, something told’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch taal ‘speech’ and German Zahl ‘number’, also to tell1. sense 2 is probably from Old Norse