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    This is the definition of Room 101 as featured in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four.

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    It is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia.

    So I have to ask, why are so many so-called expert guides suffixed/appended with 101? For example, Painting Your House 101.

    It seems a strange habit considering the meaning of Room 101, but it seems to have stuck.

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  • In the US, very basic, introductory courses at university are numbered in the low 100’s, while intermediary classes could be numbered in the 200’s, and advanced ones, in the 300’s.


    So Introduction to Music Theory might be Music Theory 101, whereas a 401 designation would most likely be reserved for Advanced Symphonic Composition.


    In ordinary conversation, “101” is often used in a sarcastic way: if I burn the toast, my husband might laugh and exclaim “Cooking 101!”


    Complete coincidence that Orwell chose Room 101.

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    Ah ha, thanks for the explanation.