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Do you suffer from "Tip of the Tongue" amnesia?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30877points) June 4th, 2010

What is that? Is there a name for it? The older I get, the more I suffer from it. I’m not kidding, I could be calling you by your name all day long, but when required to introduce you to someone, your name eludes me.

How frustrating! And embarrassing. And possibly offensive!

Things I know, and never think twice about, they slip my tongue at certain critical times. Why? I know these things very very well, yet sometimes they just leave me.

Is there a name for this phenomenon?

Does it happen to you?

You might need to remind me that I asked this question.

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9 Answers

faye's avatar

I’ve been blaming it on menopause!! Maybe it is just Too Many Birthdays Syndrome.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

All the time and getting worse, maybe early senile dementia? Usually, if I stop trying to remember something, that piece of information will pop into my head within half an hour.

RocketSquid's avatar

All the time. A lot of people think I have a really small list of words that I know, but I really just can’t remember the damn things.

shego's avatar

I call it a brain fart, and yes I am not proud to say that it happens to me.

rooeytoo's avatar

It happens to me but not quite in the circumstances you suggest. For me it is more like I will be trying to remember the name to go with the face of a person who for some reason or other has just sprung to my mind. Usually someone from my past, or something. And their name will be right on the tip of my tongue, I often have the first letter but just can’t get the rest. It drives me crazy. But like @stranger_in_a_strange_land says, if I let go and stop trying, it will just pop into my mind out of nowhere!!!

gailcalled's avatar

“A senior moment.” It happens to everyone, no matter what his/her age.

Silhouette's avatar

Yes, thankfully there’s Google.

Shuttle128's avatar

I do this all the time and I’m just 24. Imagine doing presentations and job interviews when the name of a program or industry standard completely eludes your mouth muscles. My girlfriend is usually there to catch me when I do this in casual circumstances, but when it happens during important circumstances I feel like an idiot. The thing I’m always afraid of is that people can always mistake simple tip-of-the-tongue syndrome with idiocy.

Nullo's avatar

I’ve noticed that it’s more of a problem when I’m tired.

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