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  • noun Manufactured folklore presented as if it were genuinely traditional.


  • If the difference between folklore and "fakelore" is that someone has to be self-consciously deliberate about inventing a past, the difference may only exist in a meaningful way for a short period of time until others start experiencing the fakelore as folklore.

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  • Neopagans are experts in this kind of historical fabrications, but there are examples of "fakelore" almost everywhere.

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  • His research is pretty good, but he's only human -- he repeats "fakelore" like the Mad Gasser of Mattoon uncritically.

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  • Incorporating Indian characters or traditions helps to establish a fantasy as American rather than stuck within those dominant British and other European traditions; Chabon has spoken explicitly about that goal in writing Summerland, which also includes the heroes of traditional American folklore (and fakelore), as well as a whole lot more.

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  • By the time of the Soviet Union, however, it had become one of many groups playing sanitized folk music, now often called fakelore.

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  • Whether a story be folklore, fakelore, or just an error, it becomes "fact" through repetition, an oral or written mantra if you will.

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The word 'fakelore' is a compound of 'fake' and 'lore'.