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Jun 5th 2015 at 8:02:51 AM •••

Removed the following examples, due to being "The+Adjective+MeaningfulNoun" rather than "The+MeaningfulNoun+PoliticalOrSymbolicNoun":

  • The Impossible Virgin
  • The Silver Mistress
  • The Secret Agent
  • The Secret Pilgrim
  • The Secret Servant
  • The Chinese Paymaster
  • The Unlikely Spy
  • The Incongruous Spy
  • The Human Factor
  • The Phantom Menace
  • The French Connection
  • The Lost Symbol
  • The Naked God
  • Gone Home's The Accidental Pariah, The Accidental Savior and The Accidental Human.
  • All David Eddings examples

Also, removed

  • Bio-Strike
due to being one word, and not even having "The".

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Jun 5th 2015 at 9:46:04 AM •••

Also edited the Laconic defition. Made it more clear, and removed another "The+Adjective+Noun" misuse.

Apr 18th 2011 at 6:12:58 PM •••

Removed: The Lost World (Michael Crichton)

The Lost Colony (Eoin Colfer) The Time Paradox

As I understand this trope, the first word sounds like a name of something, the second is a noun which sounds symbolic, political. Not to be confused with just having two words in the title. (Which would be a bit, a chair is not a trope) "Lost" and "Time" don't really sound like names or codes. Lost is an adjective

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Apr 18th 2011 at 6:15:58 PM •••

I left The Naked God because it was talking about a trilogy and it at least hints that naked isn't actually meant in the normal sense of the word

Apr 18th 2011 at 6:18:05 PM •••

Incidentally this explains why I always had a nagging feeling that those two Artemis Fowl books had weaker names

Feb 20th 2013 at 6:52:18 AM •••

I think a proper example of this should have the central word be (a) esoteric, (b) a noun or proper noun and (c) stressed; "the DAHDAH duhduh". So "The Undiscovered Colony" wouldn't work even though it matches (a), because it fails (b) and (c), but "The Lazarus Colony" would.