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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: 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: toadstool57

Pronunciation: hell-tor-sEk-or

Sentence: Jill's search for her keys turned into a helterseeker. She forgot that she is seeking her keys when she stumbled onto a shoe she lost 2 months ago.

Etymology: helter skelter/seek

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: won-der-lost

Sentence: Kev almost always has trouble keeping track of his things. Whatever he has in his hands when he gets home gets dropped somewhere. He then gets to play hide and seek finding them again. Sometimes he spends so much time hunting that he forgets what ha was looking for. He gets completely wanderlost.

Etymology: wander (to ramble without a definite purpose or objective; roam, rove, or stray) + lost (having gone astray or missed the way) play on wanderlust (a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about)

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: allz-hun-ter

Sentence: Carl was certain that he had early onset of Alzhunter's Disease when he began to forget what it was that he was looking for in the first place; however, while he was hunting it, he found what he was looking for yesterday -- except he couldn't remember why he was looking for it.

Etymology: Alzheimer's Disease: dimentia often beginning with short-term memory loss + hunter: one who searches or seeks for something


artr I often find things by looking for something else. - artr, 2009-10-01: 11:06:00


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Created by: erasmus

Pronunciation: for get er er

Sentence: Tom was a forgetterer, not only did he forget to pick up his keys, when he went back for them he forgot what he was looking for.

Etymology: from forget and erer means over and over. so forgetting one thing then another then another.

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Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: for-oh-four-got

Sentence: Because she suffered from mysplasia, Sue fourofourgot that she was looking for her keys and walked out to her car, content in the fact that she had found the remote.

Etymology: 404 - error message "Not Found"; forgot (literally, to not find, then forget)


I can imagine people of the future using this word... - Discoveria, 2007-03-15: 10:11:00

Speaking of people, I wonder why so many players are 404'd lately. Hope they weren't verbducted to another room. - purpleartichokes, 2007-03-15: 11:46:00


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Created by: paintergrl1313

Pronunciation: con-fog-u-late-ed

Sentence: I'm so confogulated, what was I looking for?

Etymology: Confused+forgot+discombobulated

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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: rikboyee

Pronunciation: which-hunt

Sentence: as he aimlessly entered the kitchen again, he realised he needed to give up this whichhunt.

Etymology: which, hunt, witch hunt


excellost! - galwaywegian, 2007-03-15: 06:03:00

This could be rendered as a verb, nice. - mplsbohemian, 2007-03-15: 19:27:00

this works also because, as in a witchhunt, one is actually unlikely to find something when they forget to look for it or won't notice it when they see it - ekath, 2007-03-22: 22:37:00


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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