Think of the readiness to accept the (utterly bogus) urban legend about the Super Bowl leading to wife-beating.
In her deposition, she told plaintiffs attorneys that she considered drug diversion an “urban legend” and a “folktale.”
Western aid workers dispute this, insisting that the idea of Liberian kids informing on their parents is an urban legend.
A story, which may have started with a grain of truth, that has been embroidered and retold until it has passed into the realm of myth. It is an interesting phenomenon that these stories get spread so far, so fast and so often. Urban legends never die, they just end up on the Internet! Some legends that periodically make their rounds include "The Infamous Modem Tax", "Craig Shergold/Brain Tumor/Get Well Cards", and "The $250 Cookie Recipe".