apocryphal = archetypal? unbelievable?

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Mon Feb 8 04:19:24 UTC 2010

Perhaps tangentially (or perhaps relevantly), I've recently seen
"apocryphal" used of incidents known by the user to have occurred to
mean "famous" or "legendary" or similar; Google "is now apocryphal",
"is now almost apocryphal", "has become apocryphal", and similar to
get some possibles for this. I didn't happen to record the specific
instance I saw it in most recently, alas.

James Harbeck.

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