Does the word "teller" in the meaning of "someone who tells something" mean that the person is quite likely to be a liar?

  • And, while a lie has been told, the teller is not yet a liar. Another example in the same dictionary. – user140086 Dec 3 '15 at 10:47
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    Is "a teller of tales" a liar? That's no different from any author of fiction. – Andrew Leach Dec 3 '15 at 10:56
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    "Teller" clearly means the exact opposite of "liar", as nobody at all would ever pay a fortune liar. – RegDwigнt Dec 3 '15 at 12:15
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    @Tim Frat "teller" can also mean "bank cashier"...or *ATM," depending on context. – Elian Dec 3 '15 at 13:48

Teller, in the sense we are talking about, simply means 'one who tells'. There is no suggestion of falsehood. The expression 'truth-teller' is common, and 'teller of truths' almost as common.

In the phrase "teller of tales" it is the tales part that has the suggestion of falsehood, not the teller part.

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  • For instance, in "Terrapin Station", "The storyteller makes no choice soon you will not hear his voice his job is to shed light and not to master Since the end is never told we pay the teller off in gold in hopes he will come back but he cannot be bought or sold" – WhatRoughBeast Dec 4 '15 at 0:35

Teller means someone who counts. Compare it with Norwegian. As an example in that language take the title of a book which was published a few years ago Teller matte? which translates to Does maths count?

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  • If you claim it has that meaning in English, you need a citation. – GEdgar Dec 3 '15 at 16:00
  • It does have this meaning, but it also means someone who tells, in the usual sense of 'tell'. The latter is clearly what the question is asking about. – DJClayworth Dec 3 '15 at 17:33

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