make every word tell

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

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

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"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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"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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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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