ellesieg (ellesieg) wrote in 1word1day,

Tuesday Word: loganamnosis

There are few things more frustrating than knowing that you know something but not being able to remember exactly what that something is. It is particularly exasperating if you have become embroiled in one of those debates that drags on for so long that, whatever your original intentions, you won't be able to walk away feeling as if you have won until you have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that your opponent is an utter fool whose opinions can never, ever be trusted, and who would probably go around stomping on puppies if it were not socially unacceptable.

"Mr. Bradshaw, your performance on our last test was..SAD."
"But I got every answer right! I even checked it against the answer key you sent us for the final exam review!"
"Oh, you were 'right,' were you? Just like you were 'right' when you argued with ellesieg over the optimum camera settings for low-light ocean photography?"

At which point Bradshaw changes his name to Brandewine and leaves law school to become a circus clown. Under the big top, at least, the most negative reaction to his tragic existence is some hastily dried tears. There an irredeemable fool can find a certain peace. And new meaning in the songs of Smokey Robinson.

Loganamnosis is a very specific kind of knowing you know but not being able to really capture or verbalize that knowledge, however, and one I find myself subject to, given the recent loss of my former laptop and the word list stored on its hard drive and nowhere else, aspiring circus clown absent-minded genius that I am. It is a state of obsession born of the fervent desire to recapture words you once knew but have forgotten. If you have ever derailed a conversation by muttering "I KNOW there's a better word for that!" and asking if anyone has a dictionary, then you have been afflicted by loganamnosis. And here I realize that this entry would have been a whole lot better had I just written about loganamnosis and not spent so much time working up to a dialogue that results in someone becoming a clown. Well, at least mulling over regrets sounds like a more pleasant deathbed activity than doing word searches or watching Larry King Live..and, you know, blame everyone who has ever dared disagree with me.

On an unrelated note, if anyone knows of a word for a sweetheart/girlfriend/etc. that was in common use during the 1700s or 1800s, sounded like a first name, was possibly derived from a first name used in a popular folk song, ended in "bel" and began with an "m" or an "s"..or an "r"?..hit me up.
Tags: l, noun, wordsmith: ellesieg

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