>OK, I don’t know what’s up with my brain lately, but it ain’t right. Is this the onset of Absentminded Professoritis? Lately I’ve noticed the following symptoms:
- I say or write completely wrong words that have nothing to do with what I’m saying, but sound like the words I want. For example, in an e-mail to a distinguished professor with a web site I use often in my classes, I wrote “add” for “had.” In another, related, symptom, if a word has one or more words strongly associated with it because they’re all related classifying terms, I’ll say the wrong one. For example, when I want to say “strong verb” I’ll sometimes say “weak verb” by mistake. [FYI, for my readers who don’t know this and might be curious: in English, strong verbs are verbs like sing/sang/sung that form their past tense with an internal vowel change. Weak verbs are verbs that add -ed to form the past tense.]
- Yesterday I nearly forgot a meeting I needed to attend. It was a meeting I had called because I’m the chair of the committee. I remembered with just enough time to get to the meeting.
- A couple of weeks ago, I kept my class 10 minutes late because I thought we ended at 25 after the hour instead of 15 after. It’s my other class that ends at 25 after.
- Random songs I haven’t heard in years pop into my head sometimes. This morning I woke up to that late ’70s/early ’80s song that goes something like this: “No matter where you are / I will always be with you / something something something / you, girl / ooh, girl / want you.” Can someone please tell me what this song is?!!!! It’s a guy singing, but he has a pretty high range. Harmony is involved in the bridge. Wah wah effects may be involved, too, though I can’t remember the whole thing. It’s driving me NUTS!
So what the hell’s wrong with me?