today's wwftd is... oicotype
- the worthless word for the day is: oicotype
[fr. Gk oikos : house, dwelling + type] /OY ko type/?
a term proposed by Carl Wilhelm von Sydow to designate
a local or regional form of a migratory folktale
"The final chapter of the study includes an attempt to
establish oicotypes by linking the variation of the
story to their geographical distribution."
- Leho & Maglaughlin (Compilers),
Kurdish Culture and Society (2001)
"...the concept of oicotype is a major theoretical
construct in folkloristics even though admitedly it is
not widely known outside the ranks of folklorists."
- Alan Dundes, Life Is Like a Chicken Coop Ladder (1984)
*a subdivision of an ecospecies adapted to an environment