fairy story

Sidjanga

Senior Member
German;southern tendencies
Hi all,

This morning I came across the term fairy story somewhere on the Internet for the first time in my life; previously, I had only known fairy tale, but in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary I saw that they list fairy story together with fairy tale:

fairy tale noun [C] (ALSO fairy story)

Is there any regional preference for fairy story (over fairy tale)?
Or is fairy story actually used all across the English-speaking world, but for some reason just way less than fairy tale?


Thanks. :)
 
  • MJSinLondon

    Senior Member
    English - UK (London)
    Fairy story and fairy tale are equivalent. I don't think that one is more common than the other, at least in British English.

    I see that Starfrown disagrees, so perhaps it depends on which area of the country you live in!

    M
     
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    Nunty

    Modified
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Starfrown and I, representing the world of AE, agree that "fairy tale" is more common in American English. It would not surprise me to hear that "fairy story" is just as common as "fairy tale" in BE.
     

    Sidjanga

    Senior Member
    German;southern tendencies
    Thank you everyone!
    Fairy story and fairy tale are equivalent. I don't think that one is more common than the other, at least in British English. (...)
    Interesting. I am quite surprised to hear that, given that my main reference and input has always been European English - though rather the Irish variant than its brother from "next door" :) -, yet there are loads of typical AE expressions I am a lot more familiar with than with fairy story.

    Well, you really never stop learning. :)
     
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