urban legend

(redirected from Urban myth)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to Urban myth: Urban Legends

urban legend

(publication)
A story, which may have started with a grain of truth, that has been embroidered and retold until it has passed into the realm of myth. It is an interesting phenomenon that these stories get spread so far, so fast and so often. Urban legends never die, they just end up on the Internet! Some legends that periodically make their rounds include "The Infamous Modem Tax", "Craig Shergold/Brain Tumor/Get Well Cards", and "The $250 Cookie Recipe".

urban legend

Myths about anything and everything that barely have a shred of truth in them, yet seem to take on a persistent life of their own. Before the Internet, such urban folklore as "alligators in New York City sewers" was carried in magazines and newspapers. Today, they speed around the world in a few seconds. See Snopes.com.
References in periodicals archive ?
TBI vehemently denied there is any truth to the charges and said the story is just another urban myth about transplantation that surfaces with some regularity.
Let's just hope Mr Grant has got over his experiences - although he will now have to reconcile himself with officially becoming an urban myth.
"Urban Myth Films seek new premises for the creation of sets and shooting of internal scenes for a new eight-part TV series, commissioned by Canal Plus," a planning statement submitted to Newport City Council says.
TEESSIDERS love a tall tale, that's clear from the rich vein of urban myths that continue to be passed on over a pint down the pub.
CONSUMERS are being urged to ditch urban myths and misconceptions about British manufacturing after research showed that three-quarters of people mistakenly believe the UK made more goods 30 years ago than today.
As the package holiday season approaches, we're told the belief that altitude increases the effect of alcohol is an urban myth, according to Prof Michael Bagshaw, an expert in aviation medicine.
THE Shadow Chancellor criticised the Royal Navy and Royal Marines earlier this week, peddling the urban myth that there are more admirals than ships.
After all, according to the urban myth, surely any bowl of nuts in a pub contains at least 30 different traces of urine and faeces?
Penarth Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Owen said: "We have seen similar spates previously, which are linked to an urban myth about the radios containing a special microchip.
AN URBAN myth that a chip inside Ford car stereos can be used to access free Sky TV could spark a rise in thefts in the run-up to Christmas.
Sydney, July 11 (ANI): The ban on the use of cell phones at petrol pumps is nothing more than an 'urban myth', according to a top industry body representing Australia's mobile telecoms sector.
West Midlands Police said the "urban myth", which has circulated on Facebook in recent weeks, also included bogus claims that licensees had been asked not to allow people wearing England shirts into their premises.

Full browser ?