legend vs myth : Common Errors in English

legend or 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.

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

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