old wives' tale

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a bit of lore passed on by word of mouth

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Today, the term bubbe meise is mostly used to describe an invented story or fantasy.
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.
Another example of the assimilated-American-looking-back genre is Bubbe Meises, Bubbe Stories, a one-woman show written and performed by Ellen Gould.