folk

folk
as an ordinary word for people in general is tending to fall out of use in BrE, except in northern parts of the country and occasionally elsewhere to denote a greater degree of affection than the word people does:

• Even folk who know little about Scotland have probably heard of the Trossachs —Scottish World, 1989

• What Ursula brought home every week made all the difference to the old folk —David Lodge, 1991.

It also survives strongly in certain specific uses:
1. As the last element of compounds and fixed expressions, or qualified by an adjective, as in menfolk, north-country folk, townsfolk, womenfolk. In general use, however, even these are beginning to sound somewhat jocular or precious.
2. In the plural (usually folks) to mean ‘one's parents or relatives’:

• That really messes us up if my folks try to get hold of me —L. Duncan, 1978

• The folks wouldn't like it too much —R. J. Conley, 1986.

Folks is also used as a light-hearted form of address to an audience by public entertainers, and this is sometimes imitated (in the second and third persons) for special effect by journalists and writers:

• Yes, folks, in 1990, 2,245 people were murdered in the city of New York —Bernard Levin, 1991

• Most folks don't really care that the music they download is in violation of copyright —website, AmE 2003.

3. In the singular as an elliptical form of the term folk music (see 4 below).
4. In attributive combinations in which folk is joined to a second word, some of the combinations being loan translations from German, e.g. folk-dance, folk-dancing, folk memory, folk music, folk-singer, folk-song, folk-tale, folk-ways; and especially in folklore.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Folk — (Folkmusik, [foʊk] (engl.: folk „Volks “; gemeint ist die Volkskultur, hier Musik) ist insbesondere in Nordamerika und Europa ein Genre der populären Musik. Melodien und Texte traditioneller, volkstümlicher Musik werden neu arrangiert oder… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • folk — [ fɔlk ] n. m. et adj. • v. 1960; angl. folk song « chanson populaire traditionnelle » ♦ Anglic. Musique traditionnelle populaire modernisée. Chanteur de folk. ⇒ country. Adj. Des groupes folks. N. et adj. FOLKEUX, EUSE , 1980 . ● folk nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • folk — folk; folk·ish; folk·lor·ic; folk·lor·ish; folk·lor·ism; folk·lor·ist; folk·moot; kin·folk; mer·folk; folk·lor·is·tics; folk·ie; nor·folk; suf·folk; folk·ish·ness; folk·lor·is·tic; folk·mote; …   English syllables

  • folk — fȍlk [b] (II)[/b] m DEFINICIJA glazb. vrsta pop glazbe nadahnute narodnom muzikom SINTAGMA folk glazba glazba koja oponaša narodni stil, koja je u znaku narodnjačke umjetnosti; narodna glazba; folk music (izg. folk mjùzik) = folk glazba; folk… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • folk — s.n., adj. invar. 1. Stil în muzica uşoară contemporană care utilizează motive din muzica populară. 2. adj. invar. Care aparţine folkului (1). – Din engl. folk. Trimis de zaraza joe, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  folk s. n …   Dicționar Român

  • Folk — (f[=o]k), Folks Folks (f[=o]ks), n. collect. & pl. [AS. folc; akin to D. volk, OS. & OHG. folk, G. volk, Icel. f[=o]lk, Sw. & Dan. folk, Lith. pulkas crowd, and perh. to E. follow.] 1. (Eng. Hist.) In Anglo Saxon times, the people of a group of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Folk — 〈[ foʊk] m.; s; unz.; Mus.〉 meist englischsprachige, volkstümliche Musik mit Elementen der Rockmusik u. des Blues [engl., eigtl. „Volk“] * * * Folk [foʊk ], der; [s] [engl. folk, eigtl. = Volk]: meist vokale englische, schottische, irische od.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • folk — agg.inv., s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} 1. agg.inv., di fenomeno culturale, che si rifà alla tradizione popolare: arte folk, musica folk; abiti folk 2. s.m.inv. TS mus. → folk music {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1967. ETIMO: ingl. folk propr.… …   Dizionario italiano

  • folk — 1. Voz tomada del inglés folk, que se usa, como adjetivo o como sustantivo masculino, con el sentido de ‘[música moderna] que está inspirada en temas o motivos de la música folclórica’: «Irlanda es una potencia mundial en la música, y no solo en… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • folk — 1. adj. Dicho de la música moderna: Que está inspirada en temas o motivos de la música folclórica. 2. Perteneciente o relativo a la música folk. Un grupo folk. 3. m. Música folk …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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