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Term for person who forgets directions or routes
Is there a specific word for describing a person who gets lost easily?

What to call a person who can't remember paths and roads?

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    Geographically challenged – Benjol May 29 '12 at 12:48
  • Directionally challenged. – Jim May 29 '12 at 14:59
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    "Found starved to death in the woods" – Jay May 29 '12 at 15:20

Topographic disorientation is the usual term for this sort of thing, assuming it’s not just the occasional getting lost we all suffer from time to time. It comes in various flavors.

You can also learn more about it from a first-person perspective here.

I’ve also heard topographic amnesia, but I’m not sure that one has general currency.


A person who isn't good at finding their way around has no sense of direction, and may often end up lost.

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