Sometimes when you learn a new word, it starts to seem like you hear the word more often. It starts to stand out, you start to pick it out of sentences that otherwise would go to waste.

It’s not that the word is being said more often than before you had learnt it. It’s that now you are aware of it.

The first word where I realized this phenomenon was skeptical.

It also makes me wonder whether we just ignore words and sentences we do not understand. That perhaps we do not even hear them.

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