One of our former library student workers came to our Christmas party yesterday and, while he was here, decided to look for some basic books on journalism. While doing a browse search on the term journalism, we came across the term feuilletons as a related term. Neither of us knew what it meant, but the next day, he sends me an email saying that he just saw the word used in a friend’s Facebook posting adding, “Isn’t it peculiar how you see something new and then you ALWAYS see it after that initial moment?”
I thought there should be a name for this phenomenon, so I googled some phrase trying to explain this and found the term Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. I don’t understand why I can’t find any reference to this in Gale Virtual Reference Library or in LionSearch. I tried the term frequency illusion, referred to in the web article, but nothing came up for that either.
I would think there would be a psychological term for this phenomenon, but I can’t find it!