We all have um, what do you call those things? Ah yes, brain farts. We all have brain farts every once in a while. Sometimes we have silly moments where we cannot for the life of us remember the words for simple things that we have known the words for since we were small children. Suddenly, dogs are "big puppies" and cups are "those things you drink out of." And brain farts become "you know, when you like, can't think of the word for something..."
Anyway, recently, a physicist at Cambridge University posted his very own hilarious brain fart to Twitter. This prompted 2,500 other people to share theirs. And let me tell you, they are hilarious. Super funny. You know, it's like that feeling where you find something amusing so you laugh about it? Yeah, that thing. Anyway, have the most fun reading through these absolutely ridiculous brain farts.
Paul Coxon started us off.
Hello my name is Paul, I have a PhD in physics and thanks to a random brain freeze forgot the word for photon so ha… https://t.co/wBzix7oH9U— Paul Coxon (@Paul Coxon)1550502649.0
Others soon joined in.
@paulcoxon One of my cleverest and most fabulous friends at university (now PhD in neuroscience) once forgot the wo… https://t.co/IspB5YS8Tx— Wesley Mallin (@Wesley Mallin)1550527867.0
"Big wet thingy"This one, on the other hand, is accurate. The ocean is the world's biggest, wettest thingy.
@paulcoxon Reminds me of my two year old daughter explaining a hot dog to me as a "meat pickle"— Alistair Dove (@Alistair Dove)1550516033.0
"People you don't hate"
@paulcoxon My brother in law said couldn’t remember the word ‘friends’, so called them ‘the people you don’t hate’.— J Graham (@J Graham)1550616003.0
"How far machine"
@paulcoxon One of the guys I used to work with forgot the name for a tape measure - called it a "how far machine" -… https://t.co/6IbuMeiCJ6— susan long (@susan long)1550663797.0
@paulcoxon When I was pregnant with my first, I cried one day because I forgot the word "banana." I described it t… https://t.co/fqhI63PRCH— play fisty for me (@play fisty for me)1550562688.0
@paulcoxon Haha my sympathies. Shiny crumb is a much better name for it. My 17yo forgot the word for “foal” in the… https://t.co/ayM19oj1Gg— Mel clarke (@Mel clarke)1550528761.0
"Nervous chihuahua effect"For someone who isn't familiar with musical terms like "tremolo," "nervous chihuahua effect" is a pretty clear, descriptive term.
"Flat surface with legs"This happens to the best of us. Sometimes, we all forget the word for "table" and have to describe it as a flat surface with legs.
"Metal things with stabby fingers"
@paulcoxon Not in the same delightful league, but in the final throes of writing SATC, I forgot the word 'fork' whi… https://t.co/dEbsSoyg7r— Laurie Winkless (@Laurie Winkless)1550542615.0
@paulcoxon Hello. I have a degree in English Lit and thanks to a random brain freeze, I forgot the word for "memory… https://t.co/ILxHCqAlrF— Blah Blah Blah... (@Blah Blah Blah...)1550593807.0
"Light bush"I think "light bush" could be a good, non-religious alternative description for a Christmas tree. I don't celebrate Christmas, but I still have a light bush.
"Finishment of the week"
@paulcoxon my favourite brain fart in recent memory was forgetting the word ‘weekend’ and substituting with “finishment of the week”— “Diogo!!! DIOGAAAHHH!!!!!!” (@“Diogo!!! DIOGAAAHHH!!!!!!”)1550538244.0
@paulcoxon A friend in uni tried to explain he was looking for “an out-pouch to hold fluid” at a party. A cup. He wanted a cup.— Dr Megan Stewart (@Dr Megan Stewart)1550577132.0
@paulcoxon I've got 3 first class degrees, but once forgot the name for the oven; calling it the "hot box". It happens to us all.— Gareth Tallon 📷 (@Gareth Tallon 📷)1550519329.0
"Egg torpedo""Egg torpedo" sounds like a much more exciting breakfast than a "baguette." I endorse "egg torpedo."
@Sane217 @dunnem12 @paulcoxon I once said “defecating” instead of “deprecating” in an interview. It was over 10 yea… https://t.co/q9FMjdq3Lo— your mom (@your mom)1550544612.0
@paulcoxon My five year old niece calls ravens 'Halloween Eagles'— The Lady Red- the night is dark and full of terror (@The Lady Red- the night is dark and full of terror)1550540871.0
"Good at saying things"
@paulcoxon I forgot the word ‘articulate’ in an interview for a voluntary post and instead said ‘I’m good at saying… https://t.co/iI25kw1ffK— Kathy Activist Lawyer Hirst (@Kathy Activist Lawyer Hirst)1550521546.0
@paulcoxon @filthynerd Hi, I'm El and I've been a barista for almost 5 years and I forgot the word for "lid" so I c… https://t.co/hTPNGWDTf6— Sirius Linus Antares (@Sirius Linus Antares)1550666796.0
@paulcoxon I once forgot the name for a urinal when trying to tell a staff member in the resturant I was in that th… https://t.co/btexTqZ85r— Colin Stewart (@Colin Stewart)1550518150.0
"Baseball pizza"Look, anything that is a triangle shape is a pizza. I get it. Santa's hat? Christmas pizza. Slice of apple pie? Apple pie pizza.
@paulcoxon Not in the same league, but I once completely blanked on 'Iceberg Lettuce' and had to call it 'Arctic Ca… https://t.co/Y6ZvRua2Pw— ⚡CMDR GreyAreaUK⚡ 💙 (@⚡CMDR GreyAreaUK⚡ 💙)1550568591.0
@paulcoxon @rifflesby I am a computer programmer with 20+ years experience. I bought a video game once and the cash… https://t.co/kUNor6yhRr— Jason Frey (@Jason Frey)1550672725.0
@kathy_hirst @paulcoxon I’m a prosecutor. During a particularly dramatic closing argument years ago, I forgot the d… https://t.co/lyieK7CGIp— I Am The Egg, Man. (@I Am The Egg, Man.)1550598741.0
"Flat foot duckapuss"
@paulcoxon My wife called a duck billed platypus, a flat foot duckapuss !! Which I think is far better name 😄— GBH (@GBH)1550671811.0
@paulcoxon Once in class I was teaching forces and motion and couldn’t remember the word “rocket”. Out of my mouth… https://t.co/4NAbnvWC1G— Dr. Dawn Wiseman (@Dr. Dawn Wiseman)1550541624.0
@Favoreq @nickbering @paulcoxon As a bilingual person I do this all the time. Although my problem is I can often th… https://t.co/X0ut6vyEmd— Kismet (@Kismet)1550540003.0
"Organisms" vs. "orgasms"
@paulcoxon Hello, im Sue, I'm a horticulturist, almost with a PhD in gardens, and I got my organisms and orgasms mi… https://t.co/6SckhQ3YG8— Dr Suzanne Moss 🌱🏳️🌈 (@Dr Suzanne Moss 🌱🏳️🌈)1550520414.0