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Brain Farts

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It happens to me all the time that a word I use regularly disappears from my brain just when I need it. I find these disappearances maddening. They inevitably turn up later, but stubbornly refuse to be found when I need them. Today’s very funny thing is a Twitter thread about just that thing.

The thread was started by Paul Coxon, a University of Cambridge physicist, and it proves that these lapses of language can happen to even the best and brightest of us. Coxon shared with his Twitter followers that while talking with his colleagues, he forgot the word for photon, and instead called it a “shiny crumb.” He was a very good sport about it!

Let the hilarity ensue!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “Brain Farts

  1. Hilarious, another gem. Thank you Donna for your commitment to sharing beauty in its many different forms.

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  2. Oh. My. Goodness. I woke Ella up this morning reading this to her while I laughed out loud. She thinks I’m… what’s the word for that thing where they send you to a special hospital and tie your arms up?

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  3. Happens to all of us. some of these are pretty creative

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  4. I have brain farts all the time. I only get as far as “thingy” most days…..not as amusing as “shiny” crumb.

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  5. These are not just hilarious but also comforting because it means greater minds than mine still struggle with the Swiss Cheese Brain effect. I often struggle for the right word for things because my brain goes to the Scots word and then translates into the British English and then has to fumble for the American English but by then it is too late and I just sound like I couldn’t think of a simple word. However, often it is not a “lost in translation” issue and is just that my brain is full of dust bunnies and potholes.

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