Verboticism: Whodonym

'Who's the lucky lady?'

DEFINITION: v. To be unable to remember the name of a person you are speaking to, even though you've had a long-standing, and perhaps even an intimate relationship. n. An inability to remember a person's name.

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Namenesia

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: naym-NEEZ-ya

Sentence: Filbert could remember the winners of the last 30 world series, last 15 superbowls, and every MLB MVP since 1990 but when it came to instant recall of people's names he had recurring bouts of very severe namenesia.

Etymology: Blend of name and amnesia

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COMMENTS:

Good one, what's your name! - Nosila, 2008-12-29: 00:54:00

Puddin' Tame.....acks me agin 'n I'll tell ya thuh same.... - Mustang, 2008-12-29: 03:02:00

metrohumanx ...And I can't even remember "who's on first"! - metrohumanx, 2008-12-29: 19:17:00

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Forgetphil

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: for get fil

Sentence: When George brought his friend, Phil, home, he was unaware that Phil already "knew" his wife Julia in the Biblical way. But Phil had had so many previous girlfriends that he could not recall Julia. He was forgetphil, like someone who drank too much Milk of Amnesia...

Etymology: Forget (not able to remember) & play on forgetful (not retentive)

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Bucktooth

Created by: timlumber1

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Mnemnoops

Created by: Derrida

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COMMENTS:

Nice start ... but where's the finish? You need to polish us off with the pronounciation, sentence and etymology ... and they each give you more points! Looking forward to reading more from you! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-04: 17:31:00

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Whodonym

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: /hoo-do-nim/

Sentence: Jason always called his fiancee by pet names, such as "Sweetheart" or "Honey," and although her name was actually 'Mary Louise' all her friends just called her "Lou". So when he introduced her to his cousin before the wedding, he got a case of 'brain lock' and all he could think of were whodonyms. Then, at the chapel, when the priest asked, "Do you take Mary Louise to be your lawfully wedded wife?" Jason's nervous first response was to ask, "Who?". It was beginning to look like the honeymoon wasn't going to be as pleasant and relaxing as he'd hoped.

Etymology: Who - what person? (from Old English, hwā "who") + pseudonym - a fictitious or pen name (from Greek, pseudonymos "having a false name")

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COMMENTS:

I'll be using "brain lock" ... great pairing! A Whodlum hopes everyone, especially the cops, have brain lock and whodonyms? Innovative! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-04: 19:11:00

Very creative: a real word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-03-04: 20:01:00

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Dejawho

Created by: leegro

Pronunciation: /dey-zhah-hoo/

Sentence: As she walked down the aisle of the airplane, Sarah had a sinking feeling of dejawho. Hadn't she once drunkely groped the sweaty man in the aisle seat across from her?

Etymology: From "deja vu," which is French for "I'm not forgetful, I'm just self-absorbed," and "who," which should feel like a familiar word to most of you.

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What a twist ... a woman groping a man! But the twists in your etymology are even better! Insightfully Clever! - silveryaspen, 2008-03-04: 17:14:00

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Aliauhm

Created by: jajsr

Pronunciation: Ale-lee-uh-m

Sentence: Rick was popular at work, and he spoke to everyone. But when asked if he knew the name of the new accountant in the finance department, Rick came up with all kinds of aliauhms.

Etymology: Combination of "Alia" from alias - an assumed or additional name; and "Uhm"

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Skiptag

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: skip tag

Sentence: Skiptag is the game my brain plays on me when it hides a name so well, I can't find it. The worst skiptag experience I ever had was when I tried word association to remember the name Peter and called him Dick. Word association doesn't help skiptag! It only makes it more embarassing!

Etymology: Skipping - MISSING. Tag - NAME.

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been there - done that - Jabberwocky, 2008-12-29: 15:24:00

metrohumanx Ooooh- quite ultramodern. Good one! - metrohumanx, 2008-12-29: 19:15:00

hahahaha, how embarrasing!! - mweinmann, 2008-12-30: 08:59:00

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Onomamnesia

Created by: XMbIPb

Pronunciation: /o-no-ma-mne-zhi-a/

Sentence: Woke up one morning and said: “Good morning, Sue” to the woman still sleeping next to me. Given the fact that my wife’s name is not Sue, it didn’t sit well with her. Claiming ONOMAMNESIA didn’t work. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get out of that one? I mean other than to find a good divorce attorney?

Etymology: ONOMA (fr. Greek) – name; AMNESIA (fr. Greek) – forgetfulness

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Amnamesia

Created by: zabxuq

Pronunciation: am-naim-shee-ah

Sentence: He distinctly remembered her smile but he couldn't respond to her greeting as he was dumbfounded by total amnamesia.

Etymology: name: identifying handle + amnesia: partial or complete loss of memory.

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