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#186971 - 09/25/09 11:17 AM also can't locate the word for ...
cyberbrook Offline
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the phenomenon whereby you repeatedly seem to see or hear a word that you recently learned, thinking that you had never seen or heard the word before.

I thought I once heard a word for this, but I don't remember and now am not sure if it exists or not. If a word for it doesn't exist, I'll gladly accept neologisms.

Any ideas?

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#186972 - 09/25/09 12:50 PM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: cyberbrook]
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I have seen diegogarcity used (link). Its coining seems to run along the lines of synchronicity (link).
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#186973 - 09/25/09 01:31 PM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: zmjezhd]
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diegogarcity is a word that's come up here several times before; if you have further interest, you could do a local search for it - it shows up in ~ eight different threads.

it is also firmly entrenched at onelook wink

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#186974 - 09/25/09 02:04 PM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: tsuwm]
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Excellent, thanks!

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#186977 - 09/25/09 08:40 PM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: tsuwm]
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[fr. Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean atoll; after serendipity What do you mean, after serendipity, please? I know about Serendib, but.

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#186981 - 09/25/09 09:22 PM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: Jackie]
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Used at wordorigins.org? Coined at wordorigins.org. I was there. I'm an eye-witness.

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#186983 - 09/26/09 01:41 AM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: Jackie]
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Originally Posted By: Jackie
[fr. Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean atoll; after serendipity What do you mean, after serendipity, please? I know about Serendib, but.


coined after the model of, or modeled after..

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#186984 - 09/26/09 06:58 AM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: Jackie]
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What do you mean, after serendipity


Serendip is a place name, putting this -ity ending on it transformed it into an abstract noun meaning something like 'agreeable chance occurence'. So, they took another placename and converted it with the same suffix. Kinda like the -gate suffix came to mean 'scandal'. (The -gate in the original Watergate means 'gate'.
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#186987 - 09/28/09 06:22 AM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: zmjezhd]
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diegogarcity
[fr. Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean atoll; after serendipity]
"a term used [at Wordorigins.org] to denote the appearance of another term in multiple sources shortly after you have looked it up in the dictionary" (or first noticed it)


I can understand the 'logic' of serendipity from Serendip, but
the connection between the Indian Ocean atoll and diegogarcity escapes me. The phenomenen itself, I think is not limited to word or terms only, but to objects and types of people and fruits and flowers in the wild as well.

It is a phenomenon of perceptiveness.

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#186992 - 09/28/09 12:45 PM Re: also can't locate the word for ... [Re: BranShea]
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it certainly worked for me: shortly after discovering this term, I was reading Simon Winchester's Outposts, of which see this.

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