I'm sure I came across a word that means exactly this before (I feel like it was a GRE word?), but I'm looking for a word that would describe a story that people often retell because it's really cool, or it makes a point really well, although nobody really has any idea if it's true or not.

Unfortunately, google seems to interpret my searches as looking for stories about fake news.

  • What qualities make the word you're looking for different from "myth"? – fixer1234 Feb 25 '17 at 0:21
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    You’re probably looking for apocryphal – Jim Feb 25 '17 at 0:24
  • @fixer1234 urban myth ? – k1eran Feb 25 '17 at 0:35
  • @Jim - How about writing an answer? – aparente001 Feb 25 '17 at 0:36
  • For future references, search a reverse dictionary such as onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml – vickyace Feb 25 '17 at 8:01

The word apocryphal is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as:

  1. (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true.
    ‘an apocryphal story about a former president’ ‘his alleged description of opera as ‘fat gits singing’ is probably apocryphal’

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