Common mistake tattle-tail (tattle-tale)

Tattle-tail (tattle-tale)

One of the common mistakes in English grammar is confusing the usage of "tattle-tail" and "tattle-tale". Although they sound quite similar, there is a distinct difference in their meanings.


The term "tattle-tail" is often used to refer to an object or device that is designed to inform or report on someone's actions or behavior. For example:

  • She installed a tattle-tail camera in her living room to monitor her children's activities.
  • The boss installed a tattle-tail software on the office computers to track employees' internet usage.


The term "tattle-tale", on the other hand, is used to describe a person who habitually shares information or reports on others in order to get them into trouble or gain attention. For example:

  • Don't be a tattle-tale, nobody likes someone who constantly reports on their peers.
  • He was known as the class tattle-tale because he would always inform the teacher about any wrongdoing.

So, it's important to use the correct term depending on whether you are referring to an object or a person.

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tattle-tail (tattle-tale) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    Every child hates a tattle-tail.

    Every child hates a tattle-tale.

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