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You know the feeling when you learn the meaning of a word or phrase for the first time, and that week you hear it so many times in conversation that its definition solidifies, but then you wonder about all the times you heard the word before you knew what it meant or all the times the word was said and you weren’t listening and it went over your head and you think hmm, do I actually understand any conversation?


Take, for example, the name of this phenomenon:

They call it the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.


So, the phenomenon is such that now that you know its name, you might hear it mentioned again in the near future, maybe tomorrow, and your mind might go, I heard someone describe that same information in a poem just yesterday. This moment will be confusing for you because, before your reading of this poem you won’t remembering having heard of the phenomenon ever before, not even once, but following your reading of this poem, say tomorrow, when you hear about the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon for the second time in two days, it will feel like a strange coincidence, but it will really be the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon in action.