A thing

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"That's a thing!"

- countless players

A piece of information is called a thing if it is important or worth knowing in some other sense to the person who has uttered it. Clues are typically referred to as "things" in frustration, especially when a player has lost a buzzer race on something they either knew or thought they should have known, usually due to prominence in the canon.

The use of "thing" closely mirrors the modern usage of stock clue, especially in its triviality - it is not uncommon for a clue which has come up exactly once to be called "stock" or "a thing".

See also: