If you’re like me, it is unlikely that you’re familiar with the word, “Lethonomia .” Yet it is more than likely that you suffer from this condition from time to time.
Lethonomia is when you temporarily forget names. You may see someone unexpectedly and out of context and can’t recall their name. Or, you are trying to identify the actor or actress who starred in one of your favorite films and, try as you may, can only refer to them as, “You know… the young one with the blonde hair. “
A related condition is called “Lethologica. “ This arises when the word you want is at the tip of your tongue and then temporarily recedes into some inner black hole and you can’t retrieve it. Like Lethonomia, your brain serves up the desired word a few minutes later. Still and all, both conditions, although temporary, are annoying.