WATCHERMACALLIT

Anomic aphasia (anomia) is a type of aphasia characterized by problems recalling words or names. Subjects often use circumlocutions (speaking in a roundabout* way) in order to express a certain word for which they cannot remember the name. Sometimes the subject can recall the name when given clues. Sufferers are often frustrated when they know that they know the name, but cannot produce it. However, the person is able to speak with correct grammar, but the main problem is finding appropriate words to identify or describe an object or person. (wikipedia)

I don’t suffer from anomia, but – as I am getting older – I am saying strange things. I recall an incident, about two years ago. A friend was visiting my home for the first time and I wanted to caution her to not bump her head as she ascended my stairs. Instead, I blurted out ‘Don’t bite your nails!’ No idea why, she has lovely nails.

At lunch on Sunday, I spoke of someone’s business being liquidised, to Sidey’s great mirth. And, last night, I told my child ‘Eat your pigeon!’ After which no amount of convincing her that it was, in fact, chicken would get her to take a mouthful.

I don’t even have a recipe for pigeon …

*Sidey’s weekend theme contributions can be seen here.

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72 Comments Add yours

  1. nrhatch says:

    Love your roundabout way with words! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      *grin* I had no idea what I was going to post about until I made the pigeon gaffe 🙂

  2. Aah yes, I have a lot more words like watchermacallit in my arsenal. Wonder how well a geriatric type dictionary work?
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I reckon you forget about your mistakes pretty quickly, so it won’t really matter? 😉

    2. hehehe, I can just imagine some of us compiling this dictionary!

      1. theonlycin says:

        Could get very entertaining 😉

  3. slpmartin says:

    I am willing to provide discount speech pathology sessions to my friends. 🙂 Of course, meals will need to be included in the price. 🙂 Good night my friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, thanks Charlie, sleep tight 🙂

  4. And let’s not forget the wicked side effects of that thingy-mablerrie-jig Menopause …. that malarky and such ……

    1. Menopause is another of those men-troubles women have 😉 If you can’t remember any of the words, just use men-trouble

      1. theonlycin says:

        Yes, just blame the blokes 😉

    2. theonlycin says:

      Forgot what I was going to say … LOL!

  5. Wow, Cindy Ann! Now I don’t feel so bad when I get mixed up. Ha! Pigeon? Confess, Cindy! It was a pigeon!

    Thank you for this entertaining post. Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I cross my heart, Carol, I never never cooked a pigeon 😉 xxx

  6. bluebee says:

    Fairly and squarely, Cin – you win 😀 Email me your postal details and I will despatch scribble journal forthwith via registered mail. best wishes. bb

    1. theonlycin says:

      WOOT! *jumps around doing the happy dance*

  7. nina says:

    All of a sudden I don’t know left from right when driving……I think my gravestone will say something like this:
    Hier lê tant Meraai, sy’t links gewys en regs gedraai.
    In my case it is too much cramped into one little brain!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha @ Meraai 🙂

  8. souldipper says:

    You give me hootles! Well…you know…jiggles!

  9. Tandy says:

    I thought not remembering which word to use was just a sign I am getting OLD! Great post 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks … erm … do I know you? 😉

  10. earlybird says:

    Good post! I’m happy to discover there’s a word for my condition. Like Tandy, I just thought I was getting old! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Potato … er … I mean, have a nice day 😉

  11. Leeswammes says:

    I do this all the time, Cindy! Either it’s normal, or I’m not. 🙂

    I may say toothbrush for vaccuum cleaner or potato instead of bread. I have the feeling it’s just laziness.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You may be right, Judit 😉

  12. nzwaa says:

    My sister does it all the time. She has even called me by her name.
    Cin, do you like having people in your kitchen when you cook or bake?

    1. theonlycin says:

      My mom used to get our names mixed up all the time 😉
      It depends what I am cooking, if I am catering I like to be alone / if I am making dinner for friends I like to chat while I cook.

  13. sue chef says:

    I just find words simply escape me……

    1. theonlycin says:

      Now that you mention it …

  14. Tilly Bud says:

    It comes to us all, eventually.

    The Hub’s CFS/ME causes him similar problems. I often have to fill in the blanks when he’s talking.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Shame, Tilly, must be hard 😦

  15. napier says:

    so pleased I am not alone. A day or two ago, I called Rotarians, Rhodesian Ridgebacks!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good heavens, bwahaha … I know I shouldn’t laugh 😉

  16. nursemyra says:

    I’ve had pigeon soup in Vietnam. It was delicious

  17. granny1947 says:

    Can I send you a recipe for pigeon?

    1. theonlycin says:

      No thanks, my butcher doesn’t sell them … then again, I just remembered Lyndsay found a duck in one of her stockings the other day …

  18. Poor ole chicken! (Aphasia is noooo fun)

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, I should imagine it isn’t fun.

  19. Tes says:

    Sometimes I said these things, too… it makes me laugh, other people laugh, too 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Laughter is the only medicine, Tes 😀

  20. MissChris says:

    Ja my brain and my mouth also get confuckled a lot these days!

    1. MissChris says:

      You see what I mean! I meant to say confluckted!!!

      1. theonlycin says:

        Even funnier 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      LMAO, you funny thing 😉

  21. SuziCate says:

    There are lots of “whatchermacallits” in my vocab these days as I suffer from CRS!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I Googled that and got ‘Catholic Relief Services* … best go and find out more …

      1. theonlycin says:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRS

        Hope it’s not the Croatian Register of Shipping???

  22. Liane says:

    Did you try to tell her not to worry; it tastes just like chicken? haha

    1. theonlycin says:

      She asked for ‘crackers from a packet’ tonight …

  23. For a pigeon, one would need a very small can.

    1. theonlycin says:

      A Lilliputian can 🙂

  24. Naomi says:

    LOL! I’ll probably see this chicken each time I stretch into the pigeon pose in yoga 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      ROTFLMAO, Naomi 😉

  25. Yvette says:

    Laughed once for the post: don’t we all do that! And second for the prop for the ‘bird’! LOL

    1. theonlycin says:

      Glad I made you smile, Yvette 😀

  26. libraryscene says:

    I do this all the time…didn’t realize it was a condition, ha! better watch out…you’ll have a vegan on your hands, lol.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Looks like it’s heading that way ;p

  27. Pseu says:

    He speaks in riddles –
    it’s expressive dysphasia
    or pearls of wisdom

    1. theonlycin says:

      Clever Pseu 🙂

  28. Jamie Dedes says:

    The problems of maturing. I think our brains just get too stuffed. I recently handed someone a dish of my Greek broccolli salad, while inviting her to have some banana. Embarrassing!

    1. Jamie Dedes says:

      Hummmm, now you have me thinking of pigeon. I am so suggestable. No character! Anyway here’s a dish that traditionally is made with pigeon, but as you can see on this person’s blog, it’s also made with chicken now. Think if you’ve not done it you could have some fun and photographs are often spectacular.

      http://www.peterandrewryan.com/baking/2009/01/bastilla/

      1. theonlycin says:

        But where to procure the plucked bird, Jamie?

    2. theonlycin says:

      Too funny, Jamie 🙂

  29. gospelwriter says:

    Awesome take on the roundabout theme. I’ve been known to say some pretty strange things myself – I wonder why those are easier to remember than ordinary words that previously tripped off my tongue like nobody’s business? I’m glad to see you so matter-of-fact about the thing (I can find it quite unnerving).

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is unnerving, but …

  30. Mmmm, always wondered if there was a name for it. Pretty sure my Mom has it….., she comes out with the strangest things at the oddest times, usually resulting in me almost wetting my panties 🙂 Too funny 🙂
    Eat your pigeon indeed – that’s classic Mom 🙂

  31. I am positive that all those things came out after some wine went in?
    xx

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