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Posted by Smokey Stover on April 03, 2010 at 08:27

In Reply to: Tots posted by ESC on January 02, 2010 at 00:08:

: ".'tots,' those tip-of-the-tongue times when you know something but can't quite call it to mind." How to Train the Aging Brain, New York Times, by Barbara Strauch, December 29, 2009.

I have a problem with TOTs, and I have an aging brain. But I've had the same problem with TOTs since I began school. I have a decent memory for names, places, nouns, verbs, and so on, but when I wish to call up one of those words something sabotages me. It's especially true if I'm talking to someone. I can't do introductions because when called upon I can't remember the name of my best friend, or even my wife.

I used to do a lot of gardening. But plant names are especially difficult for me to call up. I use association when I can, but with flowers it's not easy. There's a wildflower called "sweet _____" (not Sweet William). I used to remember it by associating it with the name of a woman newscaster who was rather pretty and had the same name. But she moved on to a different channel, and now I can never remember either her name or the name of the flower.