Origin of myth
synonym study for myth
historical usage of myth
Greek mŷthos has a tremendously wide range of meaning: “a word, a speech, mere speech (as opposed to érga ‘deeds’), something said, a thought, an unspoken word, a purpose, a rumor, a report, a saying, fiction (as opposed to lógos ‘historical truth’), the plot of a play, a narrative, a story, a story for children, a fable.”
Sixty percent of Greek vocabulary has no known etymology, and mŷthos is probably within that 60 percent, but it is possible that mŷthos comes from the uncommon Proto-Indo-European root mēudh-, mūdh- (with other variants) “to be concerned with, crave, earnestly desire, think over.” Following this theory, from the variant mūdh-, Greek derives mŷthos and its derivative verb mȳtheîsthai “to speak, converse, tell”; Gothic has maudjan “to remind, remember”; Lithuanian has maûsti “to be concerned with,” and Polish has myśleć “to think.”
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Instead, it’s the myth that the flu shot itself makes you sick.Feeling sick after getting a flu shot is a normal (and even good!) thing|Katherine Ellen Foley|September 11, 2020|Quartz
Blockchain surveillance tools are powerful and increasingly widespread, proving that cryptocurrency is not as anonymous as popular myth might have it.North Korean hackers steal billions in cryptocurrency. How do they turn it into real cash?|Patrick O'Neill|September 10, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The popular myth that Belarusians simply aren’t strong enough to stand up for themselves has been debunked.
Benedict was stopping in New Mexico to study myth and ritual in the Zuni Pueblo.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Charles King|August 5, 2020|Nautilus
Even seasoned marketers can feel out of the SEO loop sometimes, especially when myths and speculations regarding algorithm updates spread online.Modern SEO strategy: Three tactics to support your efforts|Nick Chasinov|June 23, 2020|Search Engine Watch
In the 70s, this myth kept openly gay people out of teaching positions.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And they all travel affordably, busting the myth that travel is only for the elite.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Hangover Rx: “The old ‘hair of the dog’ is pretty much just a myth,” says White.
“The crack baby myth is being recapitulated in terms of NAS,” Sunderlin said.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences|Emily Shire|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And likewise the Easter bunny, a bizarre pagan myth if ever one there was.
The myth of "Boreas and Orithyia," though faulty perhaps in technique, is good in conception and arrangement.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
No such ethical bearing as this was ever assigned the myth by the red race before they were taught by Europeans.The Myths of the New World|Daniel G. Brinton
I wanted to show you that this man with the gold tooth and the brown beard is no myth, as you seem to believe.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
For ourselves, we do not credit the myth of the Hellenists; of the very existence of a Hercules we are profoundly incredulous.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
In Celtic myth the Silver Bough played a less sinister part, and figures as a fairy talisman to music and delight.Archaic England|Harold Bayley