From Ancient Greek λήθη (lḗthē, “forgetfulness”) + λόγος (lógos, “word”), early 20th c. Popularly attributed to Carl Jung.
- (uncommon) The inability to remember the correct word.
- Synonym: letholexia
2006 September 11, Senator Brandis, “Aged Care”, in parliamentary debates (Australian Senate):
[…] I am sorry, Senator Ludwig, I have succumbed to a fit of lethologica, having listened to your remarks; I cannot remember what I was about to say, I am so taken aback by you […]