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    make every word tell

    Hi everyone,
    what does this mean "make every word tell"? I don't get it.

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    Re: make every word tell

    Quote Originally Posted by Cut!e P!e View Post
    Hi everyone,
    what does this mean "make every word tell"? I don't get it.

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    It doesn't mean much without context. But I'd guess it's about writing. Don't put words in your writing that don't mean anything. Don't pad your writing, etc.

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    Re: make every word tell

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: make every word tell

    Don't use a word unless it adds something. Eschew obfuscation.

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    Re: make every word tell

    "Make every word tell" is BrE in my opinion. In AmE we would say "make every word count." To employ another AmE idiom, it means don't waste a single word, i.e. even one word. Each and every one of your words should carry its own impact.

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    Re: make every word tell

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    "Make every word tell" is BrE in my opinion.
    Interesting. I was just thinking that 'tell' in this sense was not very common in BrE; it must be AmE.

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    Re: make every word tell

    Thank you

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    Re: make every word tell

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Interesting. I was just thinking that 'tell' in this sense was not very common in BrE; it must be AmE.
    Yes, it's a bit of an odd collocation. 'Make every word/bullet/second...' usually, in my experience, ends '...count'. Perhaps 'tell' is an unlikely choice in either Br Eng or Am Eng, and it found itself in the forefront of the writer's mind because of the pun. I've seen some psychology texts about this sort of pre-loading of possibly appropriate words.... No reference, I'm afraid, but perhaps someone else can help

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