tolled vs told : Common Errors in English

About tolled vs told

Some people imagine that the expression should be “all tolled” as ifitems were being ticked off to the tolling of a bell, or involved thepaying of a toll; but in fact this goes back to an old meaning of"tell": “to count.” You could “tell over” your beads if you werecounting them in a rosary. “All told” means “all counted."This older meaning of “tell” is the reason that people who count money out behind bank windows are called “tellers.”

told Meaning(s)

  • (n) a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap)
  • (v) express in words
  • (v) let something be known
  • (v) narrate or give a detailed account of
  • (v) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  • (v) discern or comprehend
  • (v) inform positively and with certainty and confidence
  • (v) give evidence
  • (v) mark as different

tolled in News

  1. 50 Years After His Death, Medgar Evers' Work Not Complete

    In Jackson, Miss., bells tolled for slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of his death. Many in Jackson are marking Evers' death and looking ahead.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NPR

  2. Townsend service honors fallen firefighters

    TOWNSEND -- The bell tolled five times, and again five times, and again, until four sets of five had sounded.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Lowell Sun

told in News

  1. Leaker who told the world US secrets also says much about himself; some details questioned

    WASHINGTON — The man who told the world about the U.S. government's gigantic data grab also talks a lot about himself.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  2. S.C. man told officers girlfriend he punched was injured when she hit the brakes, police say

    A South Carolina man who punched his girlfriend in the face told police the woman injured herself when she hit the brakes while driving, officials said Tyler D. Levermore was picked up in the 300 block of Larry Holmes Drive in Easton after walking away from a home a few blocks away in the 100 block of Rock Street where he assaulted a woman around 10:30 p.m. Monday, officials said. Police found ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey

  3. Lawmakers told that NM drought likely to persist

    State water officials say the prospects are bleak that seasonal rains will provide much relief from the drought gripping New Mexico. Legislators were told Monday by the State Engineers Office that the ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

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