You know the word; you just can’t seem to remember it. It’s on the tip of your tongue…why do we experience this tip of the tongue phenomenon?

The phenomenon occurs when we remember part of the word we want, such as the first letter or a syllable, but can’t fully recall the word. It’s more likely to happen with words we use infrequently. You’ll have an easier time remembering words you use regularly, be it objects or names or special vocabulary. It is especially difficult to remember proper nouns because they’re unique but arbitrary; a person’s name belongs to them but isn’t related to their function.

Unfortunately there isn’t a solution to this problem in the moment, but if you find yourself frequently having tip of the tongue experiences you might want to start using those words more often so you don’t draw a blank.


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