Why did the author use 'thing' here? Would the meaning be kept if we remove this word?

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"The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous."

edited Jun 05 '11 at 01:39 coraliecinq New member

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The word 'thing' here is used as a informal synonym to 'idea' or 'phenomenon'.  The meaning would change if this word were removed as having this word in the sentence alludes to an abstract concept of fame.

link comment answered Jun 05 '11 at 19:34 Kimberly Expert

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