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    the belief that a word, phrase, grammatical construction, or word meaning is recent, when in fact it has existed for a long time

    The linguist Arnold Zwicky has labelled it the “recency illusion” — “the belief that things YOU have noticed only recently are in fact recent".

    Submitted by Kerry on 14/08/2015


a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

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platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

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