One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a children's fairy story’
fairy tale, folk tale, folk story, traditional story, myth, legend, romance, fantasy, fable, fiction
2‘they deserve honest treatment, not fairy stories’
lie, white lie, fib, half-truth, untruth, falsity, falsehood, story, tall story, fairy tale, tall tale, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, fabrication, alternative fact, invention, piece of fiction, falsification
whopper, cock and bull story, angler's tale
British porky, porky pie, pork pie
humorous terminological inexactitude
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