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
Lost my train of thought, which is kind of the same as lost track.
Also if it is due to stress or overload you would say you were (brain) fried.
In the US, such a lapse is often referred to as a senior moment.
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.
It appears there are lots of good terms for this subject. Consider also brain fade.
I haven't seen this on here so far; I would add the term "mental block". E.g.
I was trying to think of a good answer to this question, but I had a complete mental block and couldn't remember it.
As another user says, it appears there are a variety of good answers to this question.
mind lapses is the right word for such resulting action. In rude tone it is also denoted as
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
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