Most frustrating, and I might add, worrying, to me, is my propensity to not be able to find a noun that I know perfectly well. I simply draw a blank in the moment.
I had invited Bob to exercise class, but after he had talked to the instructor, he asked me for her name. Blankness ensued.
I had known the instructor, Ruth, for almost two years and never had a problem with her name before, but in that moment, I drew a blank. Usually, I recover the missing noun in a relatively short period of time, but it wasn't happening at the time.
A few days later, I was making a comment on someone's blog post about my sister-in-law's book, Clay Girl.
I'll be danged if I could come up with the name of the protagonist. In frustration, I googled my own blog posts and realized that, of course, it's Ari!
What I will take for comfort, is that I remember the two incidents precisely, even though the first took place a week past.
That's positive. Right?
The other positive thing is that if someone were to mention either name, I would immediately have a mental picture and more. I could describe Ruth, and I could tell you about the character, Ari, in the book.
That's also positive. Right?
I first blogged about losing nouns (link) almost three years ago. In that post, I wrote about coming up with a word that others were stumbling over. Then, I segwayed into a couple of paragraphs mentioning the problem of which I write today.