apocryphal = archetypal? unbelievable?

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Feb 8 03:28:17 UTC 2010

Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> Subject:      apocryphal = archetypal? unbelievable?
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> At least that's what it looks like:
> 1971 Roger A. Beaumont  "Images of War" in _Military Affairs_ (Feb.) 6:  [A]
> whole series of films came out of Hollywood [in 1941]...generally disposed
> to American's [sic] girding its psychological loins for the coming shock of
> battle...[including] "Sergeant York," the almost apocryphal story of a
> pacifist turned war hero.
> At the time of writing, Prof. Beaumont was "Associate Director of the Center
> for Advanced Study in Organization Science and Assistant Professor of
> Organization Science at the University of Wisconsin, University Extension,
> Milwaukee."
> Much as I'd like to believe it means "apocryphal," I just can't do it.

I suspect Beaumont may be reaching (whether he should or not) for

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