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    is yarn spinning simply yarn spinning

    folks, this the paragraph I'm trying to understand:
    "It’s the day of the Annual Woodland Valley Storytelling Festival, and this year, it’s being held in… you guessed it… the Big Blue House. Everybody from the valley’s coming over for a day of yarn spinning. And as they all find out, there are a lot of different ways to tell a story."

    is yarn spinning simply yarn spinning and not another way to say "story telling"

    Thanks.


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    Re: is yarn spinning simply yarn spinning

    In this case, it doesn't sound as though there will be any actual yarn being spun, just stories. Yes, as you have gathered from context, a "yarn" is a good story, and "to spin a yarn" means to tell one.

    From the Online Etymology Dictionary: "The phrase to spin a yarn "to tell a story" is first attested 1812, from a sailors' expression, on notion of telling stories while engaged in sedentary work like yarn-twisting."

    [native speaker and writer, not a teacher]

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    Re: is yarn spinning simply yarn spinning

    thanks a million, Delmobile !!!


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    Re: is yarn spinning simply yarn spinning

    My pleasure.

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