legend vs myth : Common Errors in English

About legend vs myth

Myths are generally considered to be traditional stories whose importancelies in their significance, like the myth of the Fall in Eden; whereaslegends can be merely famous deeds, like the legend of Davy Crockett. Incommon usage “myth” usually implies fantasy. Enrico Caruso was alegendary tenor, but Hogwarts is a mythical school. Legends may or maynot be true. But be cautious about using “myth” to mean “untrue story”in a mythology, theology, or literature class, where teachers can bequite touchy about insisting that the true significance of a myth liesnot in its factuality but in its meaning for the culture which producesor adopts it.

legend Meaning(s)

  • (n) a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
  • (n) brief description accompanying an illustration

myth Meaning(s)

  • (n) a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people

legend in News

  1. Hockey legend Doug Gilmour shines spotlight on diabetes prevention and care

    Hockey legend Doug Gilmour shines spotlight on diabetes prevention and care
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Living Legend Willie Nelson To Perform in Santa Cruz and Sacramento This August

    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern California based Concert Promoters Rick Bartalini Presents announced today that living legend Willie Nelson will perform at the Santa Cruz ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Cubs legend Kerry Wood talks pitchers, prospects and wiffleball

    Cubs legend Kerry Wood talks about the pressure on Edwin Jackson, the impressive starting rotation and his wiffleball tournament at Wrigley Field this August. For more information on Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic and to buy tickets check out WoodysWiffleBallClassic.org …
    on June 11, 2013 Source: WGN TV Chicago

myth in News

  1. Gay Travel: World Outgames to Come to Antwerp, Belgium in July

    In Flemish myth the name is said to mean "throw the hand," a reference to when the hero Brabo killed the giant Druon Antigoon at a river crossing.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Gayapolis

  2. The Competence Myth

    Bill Leff visits with L. Eric Culverson, author of The Competence Myth: Why your technical skills are no longer enough and what you can do about it! …
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WGN Radio Chicago

  3. Pick Six: Prince at the Myth, Garbage live, CDs by Fall Out Boy and John Fogerty, Connie Evingson in NYC, more

    Lines formed as people waited to get in before the Prince concert at Myth in Maplewood. Prince , Myth . The icon from Minneapolis Central High School purple-reigned over his hometown faithful in a surprisingly heavy outing, showcasing his bombastic new trio, 3rd Eye Girl, and enjoying a Revolution reunion with drummer Bobby Z. Not as soulful as his recent Dakota gigs, but distinctly louder and ...
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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