Your favorite Baader-Meinhof moments

Last week, I was driving to the train station with my wife on the way to work. We were listening to NPR, and as we arrived at the station, the story’s reporter mentioned something about impunity. I chuckled and mentioned to my wife that I don’t hear the word all that often, so whenever I do, I instantly recall exactly where I first learned it: “The Cask of Amontillado.” Specifically, the phrase “Nemo me impune lacessit” from the book caused me to look up the meaning of impunity when I had to read it as a kid. I explained the context to her because she hadn’t heard the Latin phrase before.

That evening, when we met up again at the train station after work, she greeted me with an odd expression and then showed me the page she was on in her Kindle. And, of course, that very same Latin phrase appeared at that point in her book (which had nothing at all to do with Mr. Poe).

So, what are your favorite experiences with Baader-Meinhof moments?

Hmm. Relocating to IMHO at the request of the OP. :dubious:

When I was in middle school, I competed in spelling bees, making it to the national level twice.

I found that when I was eliminated from a competition, the word I had missed would then seem to appear in random contexts soon afterwards. Purely a trick of the mind, of course.

Surely you aren’t planning to leave us hanging on what the word was, are you?

The one that comes to mind is efficacious. It’s not really that obscure a word, so it’s not surprising that I would see it around.

I also lost a classroom bee on fuselage. Again, not a very rare word.

I won a regional bee, and then saw the winning word somewhere. I think it was seneschal. That was also the first word I was given at the nationals; there’s a coincidence for you.

On the other hand, the second time I went to the nationals, I was eliminated on ipseity, which is such a strange and useless word that I don’t think I’ve ever encountered it outside that competition. But I’ll never forget how to spell it!

I’ve experienced many of these but can’t seem to remember any interesting ones at the moment. The phenomenon is interesting on it’s own, in the sense that it demonstrates just how many things we ignore during our lives simply because we don’t understand them (assuming there is nothing mystical going on).

I think I liked their bombings the best.

Wait, you weren’t talking about the German terrorist group? Never mind.

My favorite was when I learned they were called “Baader-Meihnof” moments, and then I heard that term used several more times over the next month.

I’ve never heard “Baader-Meinhof moment”. I am familiar with the 1970s crazies. I shall now be on the lookout for reference to a “Baader-Meinhof moment.”

I always get this term mixed up with the Dunning–Kruger effect.

The most recent example for me was the word “selfie”. It had never occurred to me that there was a word for, you know, that thing people do with their digital cameras. Naturally, as soon as I heard the word once, I started hearing it everywhere.

I thought this was a Red Army Faction thread. That’s the only Baader-Meinhof I ever heard of.

It is the only one. The perceptual phenomenon has nothing to do with them, so, dumb name for it.

I posted about my latest one only yesterday!

personally, I love the name Baader-Meinhoff it’s just weird enough so you know it is no accident when you hear it again…

I’m not a car guy, so I rarely notice the make or model of cars. But I recently got a Chevy Sonic and suddenly I’ve been seeing them everywhere.

Shouldn’t it be Worse-Meinhoff moments?

Just FYI, I started a thread with the same subject a year ago.

It still baffles me. In my example I learned the word “dramaturg.” I learned it on 29 January, saw it again in a completely unrelated place on 30 January, and have not seen it since.

At work on Friday, for no reason I can remember now, we were trying to remember the name of the Gordon Lightfoot song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. We learned from the news today that this is the 40th anniversary of the sinking.

Listening to NPR I (twice) heard of a single word for this phenomenon, specifically as it relates to words. I’m sure it wasn’t Baader-Meinhof, but I can’t for the life of me remember it and I wish I could.

(I also get Baader-Meinhof and Dunning-Kruger mixed up at times. :smack:)

I preferred the Red Army Faction.

Just yesterday here on the 'Dope I was reading this thread. Not having thought about Baader-Meinhof as either anarchists or as coincidences in many years.

Then in another thread this got posted:

To which I replied

which triggered this response:

Which means not only did I/we have a Baader-Meinhof moment about Bruce Campbell’s stupid 727 house, but it was contained inside a Baader-Meinhof moment about Baader-Meinhof moments.

Ain’t the 'Dope great?