old wives' tale

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a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth

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Pinker cites as his most notorious grammatical bubbe meise the ban against split verbs or infinitives.
When somebody does something unreasonable, I don't say it is silly because their bubbe meise may have meaning and relevance to their lives and give them peace of mind.
Bubbe meises are what today might be called "old wives' tales.
Bubbe meises are most frequently associated with fairy tales, according to Howard Schwartz, an English professor at the University of Missoori-St Louis and author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of "Judaism.
The common thread among man bubbe meises is that the story or superstition possesses a touch of wisdom or tugs at the heartstrings.