Modern Idioms (and where they come from)


The Streisand Effect

An effect whereby the attempt to suppress something online leads to considerably more attention being paid to the thing being suppressed.

Coined by Mike Masnick in 2005, the name relates to an attempt by singer Barbara Streisand to remove aerial photos of her house from a website, only for the publicity this generated to draw massive online attention to the site and attract many more visitors to it.