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Absent-minded

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:31 pm
by Stevenloan
I have a cousin who is 34 years old. He forgets things easily and quickly. Are the sentences below used correctly in this context?

1. My cousin has a great forgettery.
2. My cousin is very absent-minded.

Your answers will be highly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Absent-minded

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:20 pm
by trolley
Certainly, #2 is more common. In fact, I had to check and see if forgettery was even a real word. It is, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've encountered it. Maybe I just unremembered it. Somewhat coincidently (this being Remembrance Day), "forgettance" is also a word...9:00 am and I've already learned three new words! It's not likely that I will ever use them again, though.

Re: Absent-minded

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:49 pm
by Phil White
"Forgettery" has been an established part of my own vocabulary since I first heard it about 15 years ago, but I would only ever use it as part of a humorous comment.

If you intend to use it as a joke, sentence 1 is fine. If you intend it as a serious comment, sentence 2 is better.

Re: Absent-minded

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:09 am
by Stevenloan
trolley and Phil White : Thank you both very much for your answers. Have a good day.

StevenLoan

Re: Absent-minded

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:49 pm
by BonnieL
I've been saying that I have an excellent forgettery for years - when I can remember the word. :shock:

Don't know where I first heard it. Also Age Activated Noun Deficiency Disorder (AANDD). Good joke because I'm not sure I'm remembering it correctly!

Re: Absent-minded

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:13 am
by Stevenloan
BonnieL : Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day.

StevenLoan