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Folklore can be described as traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practices that are passed on in large part through oral communication and example.<ref name=afs>"What is Folklore?", American Folklore Society</ref> The information thus transmitted expresses the shared ideas and values of a particular group. British antiquarian William Thoms is generally credited with coining the term "folklore" in 1846.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> As an academic discipline folklore shares methods, and insights with literature, anthropology, art, music, history, linguistics, philosophy, and mythology. Elliott Oring states that folklore is that part of culture that lives happily ever after.<ref name=Barre>Toelken, Barre. The Anguish of Snails, Utah State University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-87421-555-2</ref> Folkloristics is the academic study of folklore.


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