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30 Dec 2009, 12:41 am

Does anyone here have trouble when they want to say something even a word as simple as cat, you have trouble getting the word out to say?

I notice I have it, I have my whole life my mom says it's called Word retrieval deficit. What I always do is I describe what the word is, and the person I am talking to will need to help me. Sometimes people just look at me funny, other times some people "play along" like a guessing game. But it's really hard to just get the word out. I know exactly what it is but can't say it.



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30 Dec 2009, 12:57 am

Yeah, that happens to me a lot. Others don't notice very often, since I don't talk very much to begin with. It's annoying when it does happen though :(



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30 Dec 2009, 12:57 am

I do on occasion. I usually end up having to describe it if it is an object, or describe what I do with it. I often have difficulty recalling people's names. I end up describing the person and everything about their life until someone figures out who I mean, and it could be someone I interact with daily!

I also tend to have a somewhat opposite problem. When speaking or writing I tend to throw in words that I have never used before but that I somehow unconsciously felt was the correct word to use at the time. I often have to go look up the word I just used simply to verify I was correct in using it (I almost always am, but it is weird to me that I used it without consciously knowing if it is correct. :shrug:


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30 Dec 2009, 1:03 am

Yeah that happens to me a lot. I prefer to wait for the word even rather than use a synonym.


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30 Dec 2009, 1:47 am

Bonuspoints, I got the same thing. Using a word I never used before and having to look it up to make sure I used it correctly, and usually I do. So weird, and sometimes I have never heard of it before.

Agree, Viktorya, it is annoying when it does happen. I don't really talk much either, just randomly with my mom and sister.

I am glad I am not alone on this topic. :) Not that it's a good topic, but the fact that it just doesn't happen to me is a good thing.



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30 Dec 2009, 1:58 am

Yes, sometimes. I don't think it's bad enough that i'd forget a word like cat, though. Usually when that happens, i just make up my own silly word or phrase for it that still gets the idea across(i do the same thing if i don't know the word for it in the first place). Like, if i did actually forget the word "cat," then i'd probably say something like "little meow-y guy." A real-life example is that i call one of the things in the back room at work "the lifty thing" a lot, because i don't really know what they call it. And when i forget peoples' names who i work with, i just refer to them by what part of the store they work in... usually i think people just think i'm trying to be funny.



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30 Dec 2009, 2:09 am

It could be any word: cat, mirror, squirrel, whatever. It's like it just won't come together in my brain. I say thingy too. When I tried to say what a squirrel what I said the little animal that runs around with a puffy tail and gets his nuts before winter. It's like I can describe it but just can't get the word. It could be a simple word I use a lot.

I hate it.

Yeah, when I actually don't know what the world is called that I actually want to use I do the same thing.

I also think people think I am trying to be funny too.



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30 Dec 2009, 2:34 am

Today, I was watching a documentary about "A Brief History of Time" at my mom's house. I was trying to tell her something, and I forgot the word "uniform." It happens most times I open my mouth.


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30 Dec 2009, 3:42 am

It happens to me a lot. I find it funny. I also find that being able to laugh at myself about it means that people don't usually give me any trouble about it.


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30 Dec 2009, 4:22 am

All the time, this is usually when people take the opportunity to interrupt or look at me like i'm nuts. Gets worse when tired or worse for wear.


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30 Dec 2009, 6:35 am

Yep it happens a lot. I tend to use long words a lot though, I just use words that I feel are the best fit. Sometimes they slip the mind. I've heard that trying to force remember the word is bad though, so if that happens I just let it go and hope I get it later. People usually know what I mean anyway.



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30 Dec 2009, 7:31 am

It's been happening more often for me lately than when I was younger. I'll be speaking, and then stop in mid-sentence. It is highly frustrating. Most times I can cover with a synonym, with only a brief pause, but ... recently I couldn't remember the word "anecdotal". Is there even an appropriate synonym for that?


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31 Dec 2009, 12:29 am

I'm like that all the time, it's SOOO embarrassing. I'll totally forget the word and I'm resorting to pantomime to get the message across.


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31 Dec 2009, 3:09 am

This happens to me all the time. I find it quite hilarious most of the time because I can't finish my sentence until I can find the word so it turns into a fun little game of charades because I'm not good at describing things so I usually have to use various gestures while saying "the thing with that thing that's like woop" and other helpful phrases, made up words, and sound effects. By the time I get the right word, I've completely forgotten what I was talking about. :lol:


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31 Dec 2009, 5:17 am

SamwiseGamgee wrote:
This happens to me all the time. I find it quite hilarious most of the time because I can't finish my sentence until I can find the word so it turns into a fun little game of charades because I'm not good at describing things so I usually have to use various gestures while saying "the thing with that thing that's like woop" and other helpful phrases, made up words, and sound effects. By the time I get the right word, I've completely forgotten what I was talking about. :lol:


Same with me it is like a game of charades. Sometimes I do laugh at myself, but sometimes it just makes me aggravated. I do the sound effects, made up words and helpful phrases. Glad I am not alone on that, and I hate when I completely forget what I was talking about. Argh! To that.



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31 Dec 2009, 5:47 am

It happens to me when I'm searching for the exact word I need to describe what I'm trying to say. I find it annoying, as struggling for words when I'm arguing gives me the appearance of losing said argument.