Recency Illusion

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 invented by Arnold Zwicky, a linguist at Stanford University who was primarily interested in examples involving words, meanings, phrases, and grammatical constructions. 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”.


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