Todays Word: anomia

Word: “anomia”

PRONUNCIATION:

(uh-NOH-mee-uh)

MEANING:

noun: The inability to recall names of people or objects.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin a- (without) + nom (name). Earliest documented use: 1900. Don’t confuse the word with anomie.

USAGE:

“In Dad’s case of anomia, he’s been calling his nightly can of beer ‘ink’. Sometimes he calls it ‘gas’, which makes a kind of sense.”
Patricia Traxler; I’m Still Listening for My Father’s Words; Newsweek (New York); Jun 11, 2007.

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