The “thing”

Honey, do you know where the “thing” is? You know, that thing we just used this morning?

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Dear reader: a confession – I’m getting old. Okay, older. How can I tell? Well beyond the wrinkles and age spots, would you believe memory problems? Of course you would, particularly if you share my main concern: words. Or more precisely, the loss of them.

Increasingly I find that when I reach for a word, usually a noun, s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g as high and as far as I can – it’s just not there! I may try to disguise the disappearance of the word by substituting another one, a synonym. But sometimes even that is difficult. (If you don’t know a word, how can a thesaurus find its synonym?)

So instead, I’ll use the ubiquitous: “the thing.” As in “Have you seen the thing? You know, that thing we ordered from Whatsits-R-Us?” “I hope that new thing works; what’s it called again?” And I pray my partner* knows what the heck I mean. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Lately I find myself attempting to describe the function or action or activity of the word. For example, “Where’s the thing that we use to remove cat hair from our coats?” (Answer: it’s called – what is it called?! Lint roller? Hair-remover tape? ๐Ÿ˜„) “Where are those things we put on folders, you know, with the name of the contents printed on them?” (Answer: labels!)

In sum, I think you get the idea. The – the – what’s that thing we say when something’s finished? – end! The end!

*Thanks to John Boone for his help with some of these words! ๐Ÿ˜œ


15 thoughts on “The “thing”

  1. You are preaching to the tone-deaf choir here. I’m sure there are entire arias devoted to the forgotten, the nonsensical, the tip-of-the-tongue twister frustration that is growing older. If only I could remember the words to the song.

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  2. Yeah, it happens. Mine happened before I started getting (got?) old for other reasons, but I know the problem of not being able to find the right word. I like the word ‘thingy’ over ‘thing’ – that’s when I remember it!

    I found your blog via Luanne’s writer one.

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