Recency illusion

Mistaken belief that something is of recent origin / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The recency illusion is the belief or impression that a word or language usage is of recent origin when it is long-established. The term was coined by Arnold Zwicky, a linguist at Stanford University primarily interested in examples involving words, meanings, phrases, and grammatical constructions.[1] However, use of the term is not restricted to linguistic phenomena: Zwicky has defined it simply as, "the belief that things you have noticed only recently are in fact recent".[2]

According to Zwicky, the illusion is caused by selective attention.[2]

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