I think it is because we are so used to this and we are so used to being able to act on it. When I have people in the office, I will usually ask them to tell me what they mean by something and they usually have to explain it, which is always nice. When I am on the phone talking to them, I’ll usually ask what they mean and they will usually know what I am talking about.
I know it sounds like I am making a big deal here, but it is a truth universally acknowledged. People who know you are more likely to know what you mean, and thus want to talk to you about it. It’s called “folklore” because it’s a way of communicating with people who are not familiar with the topic at hand.
And for the people who are less familiar with folklore, Ill ask them, “What do you mean by that?” and they usually will say something like, “Folklore is that people who know you are more likely to know what you mean, and thus want to talk to you about it.” And Ill say, “Well if they know what you mean, then they are going to listen to you and will likely be interested in what you have to say.
In this case, I mean if someone knows that you mean what you say, then they know you mean what you say. And Ill say, and then they say, well that’s the most common definition of folklore. If you mean what you say, then they will be listening to you.
Folklore is the idea that some words, or phrases, or concepts, are so common that they are considered to be true or well-understood, or even to be the same as other words, phrases, or concepts. Folklore is a rather broad term but the popular belief that folklores are true or well-understood words or phrases tends to be a bit different from the conventional definition.
We’ll see, we’ll see.
No one is saying that folklore belongs to people. The word “folklore” comes from the Greek Λεφίπος which means “familiar” or “familiarity” and thus it comes as a literal translation of “folklore” (i.e. “familiarity” or “familiarity-like”).
In the same way that a person may be described as a “fellow traveler” or a “fellow traveler of the road”, a person may be described as an “folklorist” or a “folklorist of the road”, but the term also suggests the idea of familiarity or familiarity-like. “Folks” is a very broad term and implies the idea of people who are familiar or familiar-like. I am not trying to be a jerk.
Folklorists are people who collect stories and folklore. They are the people who collect and store folklore and stories on a central library. In other words, it’s a collective of people who are the custodians of folklore and stories.
Many of the stories and folklore that we collect on a collective of people are collected by an individual. The person who has collected the stories and folklore may have been a child, an adult, or a person with a special interest in the subject area.