Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

Can anyone name the phenomena of having a word / phrase at the tip of your tongue?

You know, when you think of something but cant name it, or a small detail that you just cant remember at that moment? I saw it on Wiki once, but havent come across it again... thx y'all!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Tip of the tongue

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) phenomenon is the feeling of knowing something that cannot be immediately recalled. TOT is a near-universal experience in memory recollection involving difficulties retrieving a well-known word or familiar name. Despite the word-finding failure, people have the feeling that the word to be remembered (the blocked word) is figuratively on one's "tip of the tongue." It is felt that the blocked word is on the verge of imminent discovery. Inaccessibility and imminence are two key features of an operational definition of TOTs (A.S. Brown, 1991).

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  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, its' not at the tip of your to speak. But in your mind where you know it is but cant retrieve it. Whether there is an expression for this or not...I am not aware. Not like Deja-vous where we think we lived a moment similar to the one we are in. Our minds are like sorters and collators where we file information for later use. Problem is most of us have a pretty crappy filing system. A book called "The memory book" by Jerry Lucas....actually shows us how to develop a much better filing system in our minds...very interesting reading.

  • 4 years ago

    lethologica Lethologica became into first pointed out as a extreme, debilitating ailment by ability of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung in 1913 in his Wandlungen und Symbole der Libido (The Psychology of the subconscious). specific analyze of the ailment have been first performed by ability of American psychiatrists in the Fifties. contemporary analyze identifies the ailment as fairly ordinary yet in addition pretty variable in its severity of manifestation. in accordance to the yankee Psychiatric association, "9 out of 10 Westerners will go through some style of Lethologica throughout the time of their lifetimes." The word lethologica is derived from the Greek language phrases for forgetfulness (letho) and word (emblems). Letho originates from Greek mythology; the Lethe (or River of Oblivion) became into between the rivers that flowed throughout the realm of Hades, from which the hues of the lifeless have been compelled to drink with a view to forget their previous lives in the international.

  • 1 decade ago

    Tip-of-the-Tongue (TOT) Phenomenon

    Ahhh...faster typists here, hahaha!

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  • 1 decade ago

    finally an intelligent question! Although I dont know the answer!

  • Sptfyr
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It's called a "Brain Fart"

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