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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Definitions for forgettery

  1. a faculty or facility for forgetting; faulty memory: a witness with a very convenient forgettery.

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Citations for forgettery
And, even as we rolled through the lovely country-side, my forgettery set to work. Kurt Vonnegut, Slapstick, 1976
" ... Our kids were always healthy, 'specially the youngest. Stands to reason their kids will be better." "Now you're thinking with your forgettery. They were all sick, one time or another. ..." F. L. Wallace, "The Impossible Voyage Home," Galaxy Science Fiction, August 1954
Origin of forgettery
Forgettery is a humorous formation based on forget and (the pronunciation of) memory. The phenomenon is very common in ordinary life, such as that panicky moment when one cannot recall the name of one’s dinner partner or where one parked the car in the mall parking lot. It is a little surprising that such a useful term entered English only in the 19th century.