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Help me out here, fediverse:

I have never encountered the word "bowdlerise" until today but read it in 3 totally separate articles.

I remember reading that there was some explanation for such a phenomenon and would be interested in reading about said phenomenon again, but I can't remember what it's called...

Anyone know?

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@bgcarlisle oooh and so many other cognitive biases to read through as well!

Thomas Bowdler - Wikipedia
"The eponymous verb bowdlerise (or bowdlerize) has associated his name with the censorship of elements deemed inappropriate for children, not only of literature but also of motion pictures and television programmes."


@EdS @WildKeccak I was looking for the cognitive bias phenomenon in which a word/phrase recently learned seems to pop up everywhere. Someone else pointed out that it is called the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. It’s the thought that counts, though, so thank you both for offering assistance :+)

Haha! The joke is on me. I thought you'd asked rather an odd question, but it was reading comprehension let me down, and I gave rather an odd answer.

I've just invented a word: Mastonaut. I wonder if we'll notice that popping up over the next day or two.