Sometimes, in the middle of a conversation, a "loss of mind" can affect the speaker. What is the word for that situation and that person ?
Are there more specific terms or phrases than:
- the loss of mind (or)
- empty mindedness?
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The most common expression that describes the instance when you suddenly forget what you were about to say is
I was just about to say something, but my mind's gone blank
Alternatively you could use
I had an awful lapse of memory when I was asked to talk about X.
I meant to tell her that Nick had phoned, but it completely slipped my mind
It is called brain cramp:
(idiomatic) A temporary mental lapse, such as an inability to remember something, to focus one's attention, to understand something, or to perform some other mental task of which one would ordinarily be capable
Sometimes called mental cramp also. It is mistaken with brain fart usually which some sources say that they are same but they are different.
space out can be used as a verb:
to become inattentive, distracted, or mentally remote
at a loss - Puzzled or uncertain what to think, say, or do.
Wordbound: Unable to find expression in words
lethologica the inability to remember a word or put your finger on the right word
tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon (TOT) is the failure to retrieve a word from memory, combined with partial recall and the feeling that retrieval is imminent
completely 'blanking out' falls under Short-term memory
lapsus memoriae, a slip of memory.
While not thought about on the order of "mind lapse", this could be a case of temporary amnesia. It is defined as loss of memory, which is exactly what ... I'm sorry. What was I talking about?
• absent-mindedness (or absentmindedness), meaning “The characteristic or state of being easily distracted or preoccupied”;
• distracted, “having one's attention diverted; preoccupied”;
• sidetracked, getting diverted or distracted from a main issue or course of action with an alternate or less relevant topic or activity; or deviating briefly from the topic at hand