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'What was I looking for?'

DEFINITION: n. A condition where you get so distracted by the fact that you can't find something, that you forget what you were looking for. v. To forget what you are looking for while you are looking for it.

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Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: for/get/mee/not/a/gen

Sentence: After my fifth trip to the kitchen and experiencing a forgemeenotagain I decided to start writing all my tasks down as soon as I thought of them - then I forgot.

Etymology: forget me not + again

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: sēknēzhə

Sentence: Al suffers from seeknesia. Not only does he have trouble finding things, he often forgets what he was looking for in the first place. The results of these slips can sometimes be a bit shocking like the time he went out to shovel his sidewalk and realized that what he had been looking for before seeknesia struck was twofold, his snow shovel and his pants.

Etymology: seek (attempt to find something) + amnesia (a partial or total loss of memory)

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Created by: Alchemist

Pronunciation: eye-tem-NEES-yah

Sentence: After 20 minutes of frantically searching through her Prius, Sharon paused, stricken with itemnesia. Now WHAT was she looking for?

Etymology: item + amnesia

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Created by: Mobelia

Pronunciation: Day-Jah-LooZ

Sentence: When wandering around with dejalose, you often have to stop looking in order to trigger recall of what you are looking for.

Etymology: from Deja Vous french for "all over again" and lose as in misplace from Lose -

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: res kloo less

Sentence: Les often forgot what he was looking for even as he was hunting it. He was resclueless. He even forgot to look for his girlfriend Ruth when she ran off with the paper boy. He still searches Ruthlessly for her...or something.

Etymology: Rescue (recover, retrieve) & Clueless (not having even a clue from which to infer what is occurring;having forgotten all)

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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: ab - sent - fine - ded

Sentence: Felicity was absentfinded. Everytime she went to look for something, she forgot what she was supposed to be looking for.

Etymology: absent-minded, find


Our words today are very similar -this proves great minds think alike! Good word! - splendiction, 2009-10-01: 19:10:00

great word - Nosila, 2009-10-01: 20:22:00


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Created by: Bulletchewer

Pronunciation: sikh-errs-blok

Sentence: He knew it would be in the last place he looked, but his seekersblock proved something of an obstacle.

Etymology: From "writer's block" and "seek". Always wonder whether you're allowed 2 separate words, because "seeker's block" would be better here.

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Created by: ailehpo




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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: roŏmnēzhə

Sentence: Tom has more nesias than you can shake a stick at. There*s roomnesia, where he is working and realizes he needs something to complete his task only to forget what he was going to find when he leaves the room. There is roamnesia, where he forgets what he was working on as soon as he starts to wander in search of something he now can\'t remember. He also shows signs of homenesia, where he forgets where he is going as soon as he leaves the house and Romenesia where he can*t remember his vacation to Italy. Tom figures the final stage will be tombnesia when he can forget everything and get some long-lasting rest.

Etymology: room (a part or division of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling) + amnesia (a partial or total loss of memory)


mrskellyscl I have worknesia, where I get so distracted thinking up a word for Verbotomy that I forget to get ready for work. - mrskellyscl, 2009-10-01: 06:40:00


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Created by: mplsbohemian

Pronunciation: HWEHR-hehd

Sentence: I whereheaded about until I saw the keys, at which point I remember that I was looking for them in the first place.

Etymology: where + [air]head

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Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-03-15: 00:12:18
Today's definition was suggested by mana1066.
Thank you mana1066! ~ James

erasmus erasmus - 2007-03-15: 12:25:00
I do believe in the UK the DJ on Radio 2 called Terry Wogan calls this a senior moment but thats two words.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-03-15: 20:02:00
Funny thing is that it's been happening to me since I was a kid... Do think it's going to get worse as I get older?

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-10-01: 00:12:00
Today's definition was suggested by mana1066. Thank you mana1066. ~ James