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#1 saneguy

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 05:26 PM

Seriously, how did that name come about? Considering most of these legends don't even take place in an urban setting, the name doesn't really fit.
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Posted 27 August 2004 - 05:58 PM

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Posted 27 August 2004 - 06:43 PM

I'm disappointed.  Neither Wikipedia nor the free dictionary give the origins of this phrase :)

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Posted 28 August 2004 - 11:02 AM

I don't have anything official or authoritative, so at the risk of creating another urban legend to explain them, I'm going to guess that it's just easier to say than 'suburban legend', which is what most of them really are---things spread around by bored housewives or teenagers and their ilk.  
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Posted 03 September 2004 - 03:17 PM

I'm guessing that rumors travel around faster in cities with denser populations, which explains the "urban" part!
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Posted 03 September 2004 - 04:47 PM

A darned good question! You can find a fairly good explanation at:

http://www.straightd...rbanlegend.html

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Posted 04 September 2004 - 04:28 PM

Urban legends are popular and believed in today. They are passed from generation to generation and so they remain constant and are updated to fit with the times. These aren't stories that happened a million years ago, but happened recently. And they are more localized in that if always happens to "a friend of a friend." Rather than "some guy over there in another country." It's always someone somewhat acquanted and happend in your town or school, etc.

To me this makes "urban" having the meaning of "close to home.". Storeis do take place in cities, schools, stores, the country, dimly lit roads or well-lit busy freeways...so they aren't rural, urban or suburban in location but urban because they are close to home.

I was a researcher of Urban Legends at one time but I never did see anything that says where the name came from, so its just my opinion but right now it's the best that I've got. LOL
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Posted 07 September 2004 - 05:52 PM

EarthSpirit, Thats a darn good answer!
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Posted 11 September 2004 - 09:54 AM

Well if you look up the word urban it means relating to, or located in a city, so I guess Urban legend does actually fit the description of the saying urban legend.
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Posted 11 September 2004 - 12:45 PM

"In part we can blame influential folklorist Richard Dorson. He introduced the term in 1968 in "Legends and Tall Tales," a chapter of Our Living Traditions, edited by Tristram Potter Coffin. For decades before that, though, he and other folklorists had been describing modern folklore in terms indicating a city origin: "legends of the big city," "city legends," "urban belief tales," and so on."

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In a nutshell, if a story's origins are somewhat rural, it's considered to be folklore, and if it comes from the city, it's an urban legend . . .
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Posted 04 November 2004 - 09:12 PM

Could it have been that these "stories" were first talked about the elders in a town, you know stories passed down thru the generations.

That's my take on it.




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