Living legend (person)

A living legend is a person who is both alive and either famous for doing something extremely well,[2] or extremely famous.[3] The sequence of words, "living legend", is an English collocation.[4] Being considered a living legend may be an honor;[5][6] being related to one can be a mixed blessing.[7][8] The status has a positive connotation and is generally associated with respectable characteristics, but has also been attained for extreme notoriety.[9]

Stephen Hawking was a living legend in the field of cosmology.[1]

Some people have declared themselves living legends. Notable examples of self-proclaimed living legends are professional sportsmen Usain Bolt[10] and Zlatan Ibrahimović.[11] The collocation is occasionally used in an anthropomorphic manner, such as for plants,[12] body parts,[13] fictional characters[14] and instruments.[15]

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  1. ^ Carr, Flora (14 March 2018). "Here's Why Stephen Hawking Never Won the Nobel Prize in Physics". Time. Retrieved 16 February 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Definition of Living Legend by Merriam-Webster". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  3. ^ "living legend (noun) American English definition and synonyms". Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ Delany, Dennis (2008). "Sport in the UK Warmer 2" (PDF). Pearson Longman. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  5. ^ Kenderdine, Lucy (20 July 2015). "Former world champ enters fighting hall of fame". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  6. ^ Weathersby, Edwin (27 May 2012). "College Football Recruiting: 5 Living Legend Recruiting Head Coaches". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  7. ^ Britt, Donna (7 April 1992). "Rapper's Got Dad's Sting". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  8. ^ Connor, Tracy (9 March 1999). "Spotlight Gave a Jolt to Joe's First Family". New York Post. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  9. ^ Fausset, Richard; Wilkinson, Tracy (22 February 2014). "Guzman's rise to power made him a living legend in Mexico's drug world". The Monitor. Stephan Wingert. Archived from the original on 11 August 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  10. ^ "Usain Bolt declares himself the 'greatest' athlete". BBC Online. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Zlatan Ibrahimovic Calls Himself 'A Living Legend' at Walk of Fame Ceremony". New England Sports Network. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  12. ^ Bhat, Rajesh (24 December 2007). "627-year-old living legend found in Kashmir". Merinews. Retrieved 16 February 2019. A mighty Chinar, believed to have been planted 627 years back, [...] This living legend has been found at Chatargam, [...]
  13. ^ Robertson, Josh (24 January 2013). "A Brief History of Accidental Nudity on Live Television". Complex. Retrieved 16 February 2019. Janet's strangely ornamented right nipple is a living legend, [...] Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  14. ^ Slack-Smith, Amanda (27 July 2017). "Captain America is a living legend". Queensland Art Gallery. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  15. ^ "The living legend among Lange watches". A. Lange & Söhne. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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