Why do we call them "urban" legends?
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Posted 28 August 2004 - 11:02 AM
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Posted 03 September 2004 - 04:47 PM
Hope this helps . . .
Posted 04 September 2004 - 04:28 PM
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
Posted 07 September 2004 - 05:52 PM
Posted 11 September 2004 - 09:54 AM
Posted 11 September 2004 - 12:45 PM
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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 . . .
Posted 04 November 2004 - 09:12 PM
That's my take on it.
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