Lethologica

ˌlēTHəˈläjəkə

Noun

  • The inability to remember a particular word or name.

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Example Sentences

“My lethologica increases when meeting multiple people at a time.”

“Use mnemonic devices to avoid lethologica when you’re studying for a big test.”

“I suffer from lethologica until I’ve had at least two cups of coffee.

Word Origin

Greek, early 20th century

Why this word?

“Lethe” comes from Greek mythology — it’s the river in Hades that makes the souls of the dead forget their previous lives. “Lethologica” is a somewhat-obscure term for being unable to remember a certain word or name. A related medical condition is called “aphasia” — “the loss of ability to understand or express speech.”

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