What is the meaning of `urban legend’?

These are very often widely circulated stories that are passed on from one person to another. Often, these are very frightening stories which are supposed to have really happened; whether they did or not, urban legends are meant to be believed. The stories have been told and retold so many times that they have become a part of popular mythology. A very popular urban legend in the U.S is that there are alligators living in sewers. Another one is that there is always a killer hiding in the back seat of a car.

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – November 06, 2007

 

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