We all have those moments. You KNOW the word you want to use but you just can’t seem to find it in your brain. Whatchamacallit, hoosywhatsit and thingamabob are names people might use when they just can’t seem to recall the correct word for an object. But sometimes people get even more creative.
Reddit user the_slippery_shoe asked, “What’s the funniest name you’ve heard someone call an object when they couldn’t remember its actual name?”. In less than 10 days there were over 10,000 responses. Here are 30 of the funniest.
My boyfriend thought it was clever when I asked what the right word was for “an angry parade”.
(I meant)….a protest.
That’s Close Mom
My mom referred to Guitar Hero as “Carpet Banjo” one time. Me and my friends still call it that.
My little brother who was around 6 at the time really wanted popcorn, and he asked if he could have some of the “boom puffs.”
My ex and I were hanging out one day trying to figure out what we wanted to do. I suggested maybe a walk in the park, a trip to the zoo, etc. when all of a sudden his face lit up and he gleefully asked “WHAT ABOUT THE AQUA MUSEUM?!”
It took me a good few seconds to realize he meant the “aquarium”.
You could take an eye out with that potato!
I forgot the name of a peeler and tried, “vegetable sharpener”.
What’s a Gorilla Dog?
Friend is Norwegian. She couldn’t remember the English word for “monkey.”
Apparently the direct translation of monkey in Norwegian is “ape-cat.”
I Think I Saw This Seth Rogan Movie
Another favorite (from Norway) is “Grass Dude,” or pineapple.
Creepy Crawley Kill
At Target, I asked for “a can of bug-murder”. I forgot “insecticide” or even “bug spray”. The dude took it in stride, didn’t flinch.
“Ah, good morrow sir, a can of your finest invertebrate-genocide if you please”.
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I recently struggled to think of the word ‘Oval’, so instead landed on “the circle rectangle”.
Dude of Honor
Couldn’t remember groomsmen, went with dudesmaids instead.