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Vocabulary Lesson Myths and more . . .

English vocabulary lesson with words connected to the Myths and more. This lesson will help you define tale, myth, legend, superstition, fairy tale, urban myth, hoax, parable, fable and anecdote.

(A) Tale NOUN a story that might be invented or difficult to believe
‘He told us a tale about buying a white castle.’


(A) Myth NOUN a traditional story about gods, heroes, and magic
‘Medusa isn’t a myth. I met her last week – what a woman!’


(A) Legend NOUN an old story, often not true, about famous people and events in the past
‘The legend of King Arthur and his broken sword has been made into many films.’


(A) Superstition NOUN the belief that magic or luck can affect your life
‘I wonder if black cats have superstitions about humans?’


(A) Fairy tale NOUN a traditional children’s story in which magic things happen
‘Reading your favourite fairy tale can bring back happy memories.’


(An) urban myth NOUN a modern story that is not true but is often repeated, and believed by many to be true
‘The urban myth about a crocodile coming out of the sewers has been retold in many countries.’


(A) hoax NOUN a story to deceive someone, such as when someone deliberately tells people that something bad is going to happen or that something is true when it is not
‘Stories about aliens visiting earth are obviously hoaxes, . . . aren’t they?


(A) parable NOUN a short, simple story that teaches or explains a moral or religious idea
‘Many parables from India seem to be about tigers being wise.’


(A) fable NOUN a traditional story about animals that teaches a moral lesson
‘This fable teaches us that if you have everything you should be happy with it.’


(An) anecdote NOUN a short funny or interesting story about a real event or person
‘His anecdote will not be forgotten quickly.’


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