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Meaning of "urban myth" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF URBAN MYTH

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF URBAN MYTH

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Urban myth is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES URBAN MYTH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Urban legend

An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend, is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true. As with all folklore and mythology, the designation suggests nothing about the story's veracity, but merely that it is in circulation, exhibits variation over time, and carries some significance that motivates the community in preserving and propagating it. Despite its name, an urban legend does not necessarily originate in an urban area. Rather, the term is used to differentiate modern legend from traditional folklore in pre-industrial times. For this reason, sociologists and folklorists prefer the term "contemporary legend". Urban legends are sometimes repeated in news stories and, in recent years, distributed by e-mail or social media. People frequently allege that such tales happened to a "friend of a friend"; the phrase has become a commonly used term when recounting this type of story. Some urban legends have passed through the years with only minor changes to suit regional variations.

Definition of urban myth in the English dictionary

The definition of urban myth in the dictionary is a story, esp one with a shocking or amusing ending, related as having actually happened, usu. to someone vaguely connected with the teller.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE URBAN MYTH

urban centre
urban clearway
urban conservation area
urban decay
urban development
urban development zone
urban district
urban district council
urban dweller
urban golf
urban guerrilla
Urban II
Urban League
urban legend
urban migration
urban planner
urban planning
urban renewal
urban sprawl
urban studies

WORDS THAT END LIKE URBAN MYTH

Aberystwyth
acolyth
all up with
along with
bath
be done with
birth
Bluetooth
Blyth
both
come up with
could do with
countermyth
Forsyth
myth
Nasmyth
Smyth
solar myth
to do with
with

Synonyms and antonyms of urban myth in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «urban myth» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF URBAN MYTH

Find out the translation of urban myth to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of urban myth from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «urban myth» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

都市神话
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mito urbano
570 millions of speakers

English

urban myth
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

शहरी मिथक
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

خرافة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

городской миф
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

mito urbano
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শহুরে পৌরাণিক কাহিনী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

mythe urbain
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mitos bandar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Stadtmythos
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

都市神話
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

도시의 신화
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Mitos kutha
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

huyền thoại đô thị
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நகர்ப்புற புராணம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

शहरी पुराणकथा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kent efsanesi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

mito urbano
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

miejski mit
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

міський міф
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

mit urban
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αστικό μύθο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

stedelike mite
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

urban myt
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

urban myte
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of urban myth

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «URBAN MYTH»

The term «urban myth» is regularly used and occupies the 55.703 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «URBAN MYTH» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «urban myth» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «urban myth» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about urban myth

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «URBAN MYTH»

Discover the use of urban myth in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to urban myth and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Urban Myth
It's the holiday home from hell, deep in an ancient English forest where no one can hear your screams.
James Raven, James Raven, 2013
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Living Cities: An Urban Myth? : Government and ...
This book is about government and public approaches to sustainable development in Australia, documenting the current inability of governments in Australia to address persistent urban environmental problems.
Garry John Smith, Jennifer Anne Scott, 2006
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The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam
Edited by Amitai Etzioni, one of the most influential social and political thinkers of our time, this collection provides a compelling overview of the impact that holidays and rituals have on our family and communal life.
Jerry Lembcke, 1998
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MythBusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most ...
Special effects experts and hosts of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" use modern-day science to show what's real and what's fiction, providing the explosive truth behind the 30 most perplexing urban legends of all time.
Keith Zimmerman, 2005
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Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Updated and Expanded Edition
with “urban myth.” A 2010 survey of usage by “the scholarly community”in general found that “ 'urban legend' ... is used as a contrast to 'truth' ... synonymous with 'false' ” rather than in the technical sense preferred by folklorists, when they are ...
Jan Harold Brunvand, 2012
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Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook
Closely related to the tall tale is the 'urban myth' or legend. From the point of view of thinking, urban myths and legends offer a departure point for thinking about knowledge and how we come to know things, though very few individual urban ...
Peter Worley, 2014
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Urban Skinny: Live the Fabulous Life--and Still Zip Up Your ...
But it’s the strategy that makes it happen—and that’s what this book is all about. Schupp explains how to budget calories like budgeting money, with a savings account for the occasional splurge on truffle fries or Bordeaux.
Danielle, RD Schupp, Stephanie Krikorian, 2009
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Renovation Nation: Our Obsession with Home
While cockatoos have long been a suburban pest (they eat wooden windowsills, ledges, decking, and even clothes ofl the Hills hoist), this urban myth takes their antics a step further. At the same time it also enables a group of middle-class, ...
Fiona Allon, 2008
9
Urban Myth: The Truth Is In Here
We all know truth is stranger than fiction, but there are definitely some bizarre urban myths out there. Rack up points by debunking or confirming these unsettling tales.
Imagination Entertainment Limited, 2008
10
Small Cities: Urban Experience Beyond the Metropolis
... particular social and spatial patterns on the modern form of urban life (see Häußermann and Siebel 1987). PRODUCTION OF MYTH The discrepancy between the number of inhabitants 9. Urban myth: The symbolic sizing of Weimar , Germany.
David Bell, Mark Jayne, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «URBAN MYTH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term urban myth is used in the context of the following news items.
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Captain Pugwash creator was traumatised by urban myths about …
The daughter of Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan has revealed how her father was traumatised by urban myths about rude character names that never ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jun 15»
2
Police say Dronfield dog poisoning rumours are 'urban myth'
Derbyshire Police said some local residents have not been walking their dogs as a result of the 'urban myth'. Sergeant Aidan Stones said: “There has been one ... «The Star, Mar 15»
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Goodwood's Urban Myth transforms into SA Youth Arts and puts on …
“It's gone back to how Urban Myth started off which is theatre workshops for kids, which is down to quality of the tutors like Sean Riley and Claire Glenn.”. «NEWS.com.au, Feb 15»
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Charles Manson Monkees Audition Urban Myth Debunked By …
Dolenz recalled being a guest on radio legend Rodney Bingenheimer's show Rodney on the ... “And everybody took it as gospel, and now it's an urban myth!”. «Radio.com News, Dec 14»
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Urban myth: vinyl doesn't have to be hauled from dusty crates
Many may have despaired on hearing Urban Outfitter's chief declare it was now the world's largest stockist of vinyl. But never mind the snobs – the retailer's ... «The Guardian, Sep 14»
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Census busts urban myth, finds Bharat has more 'DINKs'
NEW DELHI: With all the buzz around double-income power couples, it is easy to believe that more and more urban families have given up the sole breadwinner ... «Times of India, Aug 14»
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Urban Myth Theatre Company asks for Unley Council help to …
But Urban Myth actor and producer Michael Allen told an Unley Council meeting on Monday night the company could make up to $20,000 a month if it could sell ... «NEWS.com.au, Aug 14»
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That we use 10% of our brain is an urban myth?
The "10 per cent" myth is apparently still widely held among the American public, with a survey last year by the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's ... «Times of India, Jul 14»
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The future of SA's Urban Myth Theatre Company, where Packed to …
Urban Myth moved from its Unley “Cottage” base of more than 30 years to the Goodwood Institute, opposite the Capri Cinema, in 2012 because it wanted more ... «NEWS.com.au, Jul 14»
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Top 10 urban legends
tarantula One of the most enduring urban myths: The "spider bite". We know it's not true but… agghhhh! Photograph: Redmond Durrell/Alamy Redmond Durrell ... «The Guardian, Jul 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Urban myth [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/urban-myth>. Jul 2019 ».
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