Baader-Meinhof phenomenon

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Named in 1994 after the West German Baader-Meinhof Group of the 1970s, when a commentator unexpectedly heard two references to the group within 24 hours.

Noun[edit]

Baader-Meinhof phenomenon (plural not attested)

  1. A cognitive bias by which a recently learned word, concept, etc. suddenly seems to appear with improbable frequency.