WOW WOTW: 'Monte-Shark Pattern' (Ok, it's not _A_ word!)

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Tue May 6 02:13:26 UTC 2008

It's not often, in my experience, that you can count, on a single
page, the _authentic_ hits from the count Google offers up on a
particular word or phrase.
"Monte-shark pattern" offers such an opportunity.
I spotted it in a book review offered to me by Powell's. Turns
out, exactly the same review -- thus a second Google hit -- was
distributed by the NY Review of Books.
Those two hits represent 50% of the legitimate ones reported by
Google just now.
A total of FOUR _real_ HITS (of seven Google reported.
And it's a cool (neat? george?) phrase, too -- one whose meaning
could be stretched to include the patter of most any kind of fast-
talking street or flea market vendor.

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