On the tip of my tongue

I hate it when I’m talking to someone and I forget a word. It’s a word that I’ve used before and fairly recent but I can’t seem to recall it. I can recall the time that I used the word but I can’t remember the word. No matter how hard I’m trying, my mind is drawing a blank.

When this happens during a daily conversation with a friend, it’s not a big issue. You can always tell your friend the word later one. If they have a large vocabulary, they can assist you with the word. Usually, describe the meaning of the word helps but something it doesn’t work because you can’t even do that without knowing what the word was in the first place.

I was talking on the phone with a friend out in Ottawa and my mental block occurred. I returned a missed phone call from her so when we talked, we weren’t limited to a certain amount. But then her phone was low on battery so she said she would call me back.

When she called back a minute later, she was using a phone card that gave her an hour’s worth of talk time. Her phone had a timer on it so she kept an eye on that as we spoke. During a long distance phone, you call, you don’t want to waste the minutes by trying to remember a forgotten word especially when the call could cut out at any minute.

I didn’t think that would happen because our conversation was flowing so well. But when it came close to the one hour mark, my friend mentioned something and that’s when my mental block occurred. At the time, her son and her daughter were in the room. One of the kids mentioned cupcakes and that triggered a question from me. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve had a couple of incidents regarding cupcakes.
I wanted to get my friend’s opinion on the difference between a cupcake and a…

I couldn’t think of the baked good to compare it to. I know what I wanted to say but I couldn’t think of its name. I couldn’t even picture this item either. Every time I thought about it, I kept picturing a brownie. I know the difference between a cupcake and a brownie. I big somewhat of a big deal about it before but all of a sudden I’ve forgotten it.

Me: Eh, speaking of which. What’s the difference between a cupcake and a.. uhh..
Friend: A what?
Me: You know “uhhh.”
Friend: No, I don’t know. A what?
Me: That thing that looks like a cupcake but it’s not a cupcake.
Friend: You’re not helping.
Me: It’s that thing that’s brown like a cupcake but.. uhhhh
Me: Hello. Hello?

After the call ended, I still had no idea what I was trying to say. But then it occurred to that I wrote a blog about it. So I did a search for cupcake and found the word that I was looking for. Muffin. How the hell do I forget something as simple as a muffin? Back in the winter, I made a big deal out of it too. When it came time to recall it, I had nothing.

It didn’t make any sense to call my friend back up just to tell her that the word was muffin. Plus, I’ve already talked with her for a couple of hours already. I didn’t want to spend too much on long distance and I didn’t have a calling card available. I could have used the calling card from work because I have the PIN memorized but I thought best not to.

I find it a bit of an annoyance when I forget something as small as a word. I don’t quite understand how something can be refresh in one’s head one day and all of a sudden it’s gone the next. And what’s worst is that it bothers me for the rest of the day until I figure out what the word was. It’s distracting too because you can’t get anything else done until you’ve overcome this minor obstacle.

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