senior moment


a sudden memory loss

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“William Shatner stars in a new movie SENIOR MOMENT. It stars Shatner as Victor Martin, a retired NASA test pilot who gets busted drag racing his Porsche in Palm Springs. Suddenly forced to take public transportation, Victor meets Caroline (played by Jean Smart) who helps to rev up his life in an entirely new way.”

Katty and Christian - BBC World News - (07 April 2021)

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senior moment
noun phrase

a temporary mental lapse (humorously attributed to the gradual loss of one’s mental faculties as one grows older).

Oxford Languages


PHRASE ORIGIN

“Senior moment” first appeared in 1996 and was named 'Word of the Year' by the staff at Webster’s New World College Dictionary in 2000.


A GREAT RESTAURANT!

An elderly couple had dinner at a younger couple’s house. After eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.

The gentlemen continued talking and the elderly one said, “Last night we went out to a great new restaurant, I can highly recommend it.”

The younger man asked, “What’s the name of the restaurant?”

The elderly man paused in obvious concentration and finally said to his companion, “What’s the name of that red flower you give to someone you love?”

“A carnation?” suggested the other.

“No, no. The other flower,” the man said.

His friend offered another suggestion, “A poppy?”

“No! it’s red and has thorns.”

His friend said, “Ah, you mean a rose!”

“That’s it. Thank you!” the elderly man replied…. he then turned toward the kitchen and shouted:

“Hey Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?”


SYNONYMS

- a mental lapse:

absent-mindedness, blank, brain cramp, brain fart, brain freeze, featherbrained, forgetfulness, lapse, memory lapse, moment of forgetfulness, scatterbrain, SENIOR MOMENT


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