Hello my name is Paul, I have a PhD in physics and thanks to a random brain freeze forgot the word for photon so had to call it a “shiny crumb” in front of my colleagues— Paul Coxon (@paulcoxon) February 18, 2019
Have you ever had a brain cramp and lost a word you really should know? Did you go sideways to describe what you meant, hoping someone could help you out? That's the subject of a great Twitter thread in response to physicist Paul Coxon's "shiny crumb." There were plenty of other examples in the responses.
During a lecture on the Mannheim Orchestra, I couldn’t remember the term “tremolo,” so I described the orchestra’s fondness for decorating passages with the “nervous chihuahua” effect.— The Manga Critic (@manga_critic) February 19, 2019
Or a dinglehopper, for you Little Mermaid fans.— Johanna Levene (@aftheaded) February 19, 2019
You are a poet— Rosencrantz1984 (@rosencrantz1984) February 19, 2019
One of my cleverest and most fabulous friends at university (now PhD in neuroscience) once forgot the word for what she wanted in a restaurant and tried to explain with “like a really REALLY wet salad”.— Wesley Mallin (@wesleymallin) February 18, 2019
She wanted soup.