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To not be able to remember the alphabet?

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lincolnshirelassy Mon 18-Jan-16 13:33:36

Was putting my contacts in order on database at work this morning. Absolutely could not remember what letter came after P. Was convinced it was U for some time. I actually had to look it up and check!!!

So, has anyone else done anything quite as bonkers as this? Children are 15, 12 and 8 so pregnancy fog/baby brain can no longer be used as an excuse. Have I got early onset dementia?

Leelu6 Mon 18-Jan-16 13:36:51

Absolutely could not remember what letter came after P

First letter that came into my mind was 'O' grin

I blame P&O Ferries


megletthesecond Mon 18-Jan-16 13:38:08

It's not just you. My personal best was forgetting the name for a spoon. I called it a round shape with a long handle blush.

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Mon 18-Jan-16 13:38:23

U rhymes with Q - maybe once you'd fixated on U, you couldn't get past that iyswim.

I can't just say instantly what comes after some letters - particularly at the end. I often have to say a chunk in my head to work it out.

DropYourSword Mon 18-Jan-16 13:39:48

I do things like this sometimes. The worst was when I was given a lift home by a colleague and I couldn't remember my address. I mean, I knew where I lived, but I just couldn't remember the street name. I often struggle to find the correct word.

SaucyJack Mon 18-Jan-16 13:40:28

Ella mella P Q.


WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Mon 18-Jan-16 13:40:37

As long as your job doesn't depend on it, it's fine!

I wouldn't be impressed if a teacher of learner readers couldn't remember, but I think the rest of us are fine.

Same with algebra, trig and the French word for Thursday.

I don't use them every day, so they get shoved to the back of my brain.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Mon 18-Jan-16 13:41:15

And q and u go together in most English words...

Cheesymonster Mon 18-Jan-16 13:41:22

I have to sing the song every time.

OneMagnumisneverenough Mon 18-Jan-16 13:42:25

I've always been like that to be honest.

I am reasonably clever and do a professional job but I always struggle with the alphabet (and times tables) I have to start at A and go from there, I struggle if I have guess in the middle.

liz70 Mon 18-Jan-16 13:42:31

How old are you? Are you or could you be coming close to perimenopause? I ask because I have recently finished going through menopause (last period November 2014) - I am 45 - and in the run up to it I would frequently say a sentence but come out with a completely different word in it, to the one I meant to say. I think it must have been hormones addling my brain. I don't seem to be doing that so much now, touch wood. Perhaps something similar in your case?

squoosh Mon 18-Jan-16 13:42:58

I can say the alphabet backwards in five seconds.

<unstealthy boast>

Ludoole Mon 18-Jan-16 13:44:53

Sometimes i write my first name and it doesnt look right hmm
Its the same name ive had for almost 40 years and consists of just 4 letters!! confused

MetalMidget Mon 18-Jan-16 13:47:43

"I have to sing the song every time"

Same here, I'm incapable of reciting the alphabet without it breaking into the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star...

wasonthelist Mon 18-Jan-16 13:48:33

I often have to go back several letters to get the order right. I've never been able to place each and every letter reliably.

I am and always have been the same with times tables - I often have to go back to the previous one I can remember.

I am otherwise quite bright - always had a decent job etc - I think this just something to do with how some people's brains work.

steakpunararemediumwelldone Mon 18-Jan-16 13:49:08

I never do it with letters but I still have to pick up a pen to remember which is left and which is right.

WhataRacquet Mon 18-Jan-16 13:51:37

Thanks to watching Sesame Street everyday as a child I never have this problem!

I also know all the people in my neighbourhood smile

BeverlyGoldberg Mon 18-Jan-16 13:51:39

A recent low point was asking DH if Tanqueray was a different sort of Manteray. Reply came back, "no isn't that a sort of gin"... "Oh yes, what an excellent idea".

lincolnshirelassy Mon 18-Jan-16 13:55:57

Hilarious responses thanks...

As for singing the song every time....well yes I always do that and I did it this time 'm,n,o,p....u,'I was convinced u came after p until I went a bit further...'r,s,t,u' and realised u couldn't be in the alphabet twice.

Peri-menopause...dunno, I'm 38 so quite young yet. I wouldn't mind tbh, had my kids and sick of PMT!!!!

CaptainMerryWeather Mon 18-Jan-16 14:04:54

I have to go through sections of the alphabet and think about left & right.

So YANBU - normal in fact, in my company! grin

squoosh Mon 18-Jan-16 14:06:56

I have to take a second to remember which is left and which is right. Have always been like that though.

Breadandwine Mon 18-Jan-16 14:30:27

I used to do an odd hour or so at my wife's playgroup - mainly so I could unwind after a nightshift.

I made up a proper phonetic alphabet, song. Which went 'a buh cuh', instead of 'ay bee see'.

Like this:

a buh cuh duh e fuh guh
huh i juh kuh luh muh nuh
o puh kwu ruh suh tuh uh
vuh wuh kss yuh zuh, that's all.

Now I know my a buh cuh
Won't you sing along with muh

Collapse in fits of giggles - because of the silly rhyme.

The kids got this - much more relevant, don't you think?

(You'll need to practice this a bit before unleashing it on your LOs!)

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Mon 18-Jan-16 14:43:15

Breadandwine I probably owe you some royalties then, I've been singing it like that since DC1 (almost 6) started nursery at 3.5 wink

OP I'd have been ok if it was written down but if you just asked me in passing I'd have been stumped & had to sing the song.

CakeNinja Mon 18-Jan-16 15:02:50

I'm the same with the rhyme see saw Marjorie door, I always used to sing "chickedy chickedy chicken" after it because I couldn't remember the real words and now I've really forgotten the real words grin

WhatchaMaCalllit Mon 18-Jan-16 15:06:08


See Saw
Marjorie Daw (or Door)
Johnny will have a new master
For he will earn
But a penny a day
Because he can't work
Any faster

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