Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Tue Mar 4 16:15:25 UTC 2008

Laurence Horn wrote:
> How about "hamnesia", the tendency for kosher Jews and Muslims
> observing halal laws to suppress their memory of eating pork?  Or
> "cramnesia", which inevitably affects students after they've taken the
> exam for which they've intensively prepared.

The first one that sprang to my mind was "polymnesia", the tendency to
forget lots of things. ("Pelopomnesia", forgetfulness of classical history?
"Indomnesia", forgetfulness of the history of the American West? The
South Pacific suggests lots of possibilities....)

Jim Parish

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