Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, CIO
Have you heard tell of “heard tell”? “Tell” is an archaic word meaning “news.”
The Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Language offers this example: “Well, my ould man, did’ee see or hear tell of sich a thing as a portmantle?”
My dad used “heard tell” when I was young and it was not uncommon, back in the day, usually in the negative, to say “I’ve never heard tell of it.” You rarely hear it these days but I still like the sound of it.
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