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It was a saxonism coined to replace the phrase popular antiquaries and it has come to denote "the oral transmission of a people's beliefs and practices." What two-syllable word is it?




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Answer: folklore

The word was first published in the Aug. 22, 1846 Athenaeum Magazine. The word folk-music is from 1889; used to denote the music that Pete Seeger (a folkie) plays, it dates from 1958.

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