I do hope that I find that I am not alone in this one. Do you have information that you just cannot, no matter how hard, how often, how many methods you try absolutely cannot seem to remember the next time that you need it? (Right now my mind is finding it quite amusing not to give up the specific word, to use as an example, which I always confuse with another word. The one which made me think of writing this post just a little bit ago. Hilarious.)
Now if this were a math issue, I could commiserate with my mind’s disinterest. I can’t tell you the number of times I sat in a math class, thought I understood the lesson, only to find out that apparently I missed something – or that something hadn’t bothered to stick around and make it into long term memory. I get the logic of math, but some element of it eludes me and math and I are comfortable with this current agreement.
Microsoft Word and I regularly fight over sentence structures, I don’t recall all the detailed grammar rules terribly well, but if the sentence sounds the way that I intended I am ok with my mind not bothering to dust off all the grammar rules that I learned once upon a time. Noun? Check. Verb? Check. Sounds ok when spoken? Check.
Sometimes I get just a wisp that I retained the needed thing once and it was stored somewhere around up there – yes, there’s the spot. But the needed thing has perhaps been moved to make way for some other reference, or grouped with something similar. I can bemoan that it is missing, or I can figure out how to look it up again.
My example word is refusing to even give any hints.
In instances like this when the knowledge is a word I am particularly consternated. A WORD. I’ve always loved words, why would one trip me up? I know that I’m trying to hard – I can’t Google myself out of this one. I’m thankful to Google for most of the other times when my mind just says nope, didn’t keep that one around.
Ah, ha – one of the words I always confuse is restive. Not the word that started this whole thing, but a little closer. Whew.
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