law and lore

Law 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.


Law 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.

A universal principle that describes something's fundamental nature.

The police (colloquial)


The 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).

Lores: The surface on each side of a bird's head (used for other animals too; e.g. snakes).

yellow-lored Amazon parrot

A Quick Test


There is no such word as folklaw. It's folklore.

Help Us To Improve English Grammar Lessons
Please tell us using this form.

See Also

List of easily confused words