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Baader-Meinhof phenomenon

[ bah-der-mahyn-hof fi-nom-uh-non, ‐nuhn ]

noun

  1. the seemingly sudden awareness of encountering a word, phrase, fact, or thing that one has only recently learned of.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Baader-Meinhof phenomenon1

First recorded in 1990–95 in a discussion thread in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minnesota) by a participant who had heard the name twice in close succession; named after the Baader-Meinhof Gang or Baader-Meinhof Group, a West German far-left terrorist group founded by Andreas Baader (1943–77) and Ulrike Meinhof (1934–76), and active in 1970–98

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