Who are the "folk" in Folklore?
You are the folk. Today's folklorists recognize
that whether you live on a farm or in a high-rise, you have a folklore.
In fact, regardless of your income or education, you are rich in
folklore. If you have a job, you know the specialized jargon that comes
with the occupation. Though you might not have a job that spills over
with jargon (such as
jobs, even working the night shift at Burger King, provide some
distinct words or phrases (vist the Jargon
Database). Further, as a member of a family, you likely
learn and pass on stories about relatives, eat certain foods for
Thanksgiving, and have an effect on each other's vocabulary and
pronunciation. As a member of a social class, interest group, or ethnic
group, you will have also collected
and shared an abundance of folklore. Of course, if you would
like to read about a folk society--where behavior and folklore are
intricately intertwined--you can look at a few observations I
made after my June 2002 visit with the Old Order Amish in Michigan.