Who are the "folk" in Folklore?Image of nurse and jargon examples

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 railroading) most 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.