law and lore - the difference
The Quick AnswerLaw means a rule or a collection of rules. Colloquially, the law it means the police.
Lore is knowledge or tradition passed from generation to generation.
Lores are part of a bird's head.
There is often confusion over the words law and lore.
LawLaw is most commonly seen as a noun, but, like most nouns, it can be used as an adjective. It has several meanings:
A rule or collection of rules imposed by authority.
- That's against the law.
- He studied Law.
(Like Mathematics and Science, Law is written with a capital letter when it refers to the subject for study.)
- The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. (Abraham Lincoln)
- The laws of physics.
- Kofi Annan told the international conference: "It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity."
- Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. (Authur C Clarke)
(The first half of this quote alludes to law meaning a rule imposed by authority, but the second half refers to law meaning something's fundamental characteristics.)
- Leggit. It's the law.
LoreThe word lore is a noun. It is most commonly seen in the word folklore. Lore has several meanings:
Tradition or knowledge passed from generation to generation (often by word of mouth through legend or anecdote).
- Vampire bats and good-looking, sophisticated vampires have only recently become part of the traditional vampire lore.
- According to folklore, if it rains on St Swithin's Day, it will rain for the next 40 days. (Folklore = traditional beliefs, legends and customs)
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