February 02, 2013
folklore (noun)
\FOHK-lohr\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: customs, beliefs, stories, and sayings of a people handed down from generation to generation
How do you use it?
Groundhog's Day is a much-loved bit of American folklore, but few people believe that the groundhog's behavior really foretells how long winter will last.
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Which of the following are examples of folklore?

Tall tales, fables, myths, legends, even superstitions and customs are all examples of folklore. African folklore includes stories about Anansi, the sly spider; Arabian folklore gave us the tales of the _Arabian Nights_; and European folklore immortalized characters from Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin. The word "folklore" is a translation of the German name for such tales.
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