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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Meaning and History

This idiom means that a picture can tell a story that normal text cannot, or, that a picture is much more descriptive that a written narrative. This idiom is credited to author Frederick Barnard, who wrote an article about the effectiveness of images in advertising entitled "One look is worth a thousand words" in the magazine Printer’s Ink in 1921.

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