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#205537 04/20/12 02:43 AM
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(it's been a while since I posted one of these..)

the worthless word for the day is: paleomnesia

[fr. Gk paleo-, ancient + -mnesia, condition of
memory] a good memory of events of the distant past

an interesting word, but it doesn't seem to have
ever been used for much of anything..

"Not all of Mrs. Byrne's offerings are addlepating
esoteria; some are refreshingly useful, like
paleomnesia, "happy memories from events far in
the past," and euneirophenia, "peace of mind after
a pleasant dream."
- Christi M. Smith, Verbibore's Feast

at best it's an inkhorn term, I guess.

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Paleomnesia seems to be a symptom of early stage Alzheimers.

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A synonym for "Proustianity?"

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I don't think it could really be a synonym, HalAl. Memories of the distant past are just as likely to be voluntary as involuntary, surely?


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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Paleomnesia seems to be a symptom of early stage Alzheimers.


I sincerely hope you are not speaking from experience, Faldo! wink


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I am speaking from experience. A friend of mine fell to Alzheimers and in the early phases she was able to describe one of the symptoms. Early memories would just swirl around her and one, seemingly at random, would settle on her. In later phases sufferers often mistake, e.g., children for spouses or siblings.

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After considering these posts I think must be suffering from the opposite: paleoamnesia.

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Neoamnesia??


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Ah!- you mean those things we purposely forget. grin


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