While folding laundry, I realized that if one sock in a pair was inside-out, the other usually would be as well. This thought was obvious after I had it, and also would have been obvious had someone asked me the question, but since it had never come up it was hidden to me. Is there a word for something that is obvious once you think about it, but unlikely to be thought about?

  • Welcome to ELU. Please provide an example sentence how you would use that word, are you looking for a noun, an adjective or even a phrase?
    – Helmar
    Aug 22, 2016 at 14:08
  • Obscure, perhaps.
    – NVZ
    Aug 22, 2016 at 14:32
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    "Hiding in plain sight" doesn't quite fit your socks observation, and neither does "Not seeing the wood for the trees" which usually refers to an observer being too involved in the matter. I doubt you'll find a single word answer, but it's a good question.
    – JHCL
    Aug 22, 2016 at 15:41

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Not a single word, but a useful idiom.

Be (right) under your noseCambridge

to be in a place that you can clearly see

"I spent all morning looking for the book, and it was right under my nose the whole time."
"She shoved the letter under her boss's nose (= made certain he saw it)."

See more examples on TFD.

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