Ready to utter something but unable to remember it at the moment, as in I met him last year and his name is on the tip of my tongue—it’ll come to me in a minute. [ Early 1700]
Then, is there something on the tip of your tongue?
*on the tip of one’s tongue
[of a thought or idea] about to be said or almost remembered. (*Typically: be ~; have something ~.) … I’ll think of it in a second.
Simply so, what is it called when a word is on the tip of your tongue?
It’s a sensation that we are all familiar with, and it turns out that this common state actually has a name. It is known as lethologica or the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon. Psychologists define this phenomenon as a feeling that accompanies the temporary inability to retrieve information from memory.
What causes tip of the tongue syndrome?
The blocking hypothesis states that retrieval cues elicit the retrieval of a word related to the target that then blocks the retrieval of the correct word and causes the tip of the tongue phenomenon to occur. In other words, TOTs occur when plausible but incorrect responses to a query come to mind quickly.
Explanation: The Tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) Phenomenon is the experience of knowing that a particular information has been learned, a particular word but can not be recovered in memory.
When you encounter the tip-of-the-tongue’s first syllable, even within another word, it helps you to recall the elusive word. So, when you’re grappling for a word, instead of searching for words with the same first letter, which is what people commonly try, generate words with the first letter plus another sound.