Tale

Tale may refer to:

  • Cautionary tale, a traditional story told in folklore, to warn its hearer of a danger
  • Fairy tale, a fictional story that usually features folkloric characters (such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, witches, giants, and talking animals) and enchantments
  • Folk tale, a story passed-down within a particular population, which comprises the traditions of that culture or group.
  • Fable, a brief story, which illustrates a moral lesson and which features animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphised
  • Frame tale, whereby the main story is composed, at least in part, for the purpose of organizing a set of shorter stories.
  • Urban legend, a modern folk tale consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them
  • Old wives' tale, a wisdom much like an urban legend, supposedly passed down by old wives to a younger generation
  • Tall tale, a story that tries to explain the reason for some natural phenomenon
  • TALE, or transcription activator-like effector, a type of DNA binding protein secreted by infectious bacteria of plants that contains a highly engineerable DNA binding domain

Famous quotes containing the word tale:

    The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
    Charles Lamb (1775–1834)

    And what’s romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything As You Like It, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose and it’s always daisy-time.
    —D.H. (David Herbert)

    In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it’s not poison; and we will all come to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle.
    Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929)