Spanish word of the week: cuento

el cuento NOUN story

El cuento, meaning a story, has an ‘-o’ in it, like ‘story’, and is masculine. If you remember that, you won’t muddle it up with la cuenta, the bill.

La abuela nos contaba cuentos. Grandma used to tell us stories.
un cuento de hadas a fairy tale

From the idea of ‘storycuento takes on the meaning of something completely made up: in other words, a lie.
No le creas, es puro cuento. Don’t believe him, it’s all lies.

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