A whimsical, effective solution to a challenging social condition.

Decades of experience have taught me that many people have trouble remembering names — at least, the names of people they've met just once or twice. Acquaintances.

With me, that's just the beginning. My memory is so flawed that I forget not just the names of acquaintances and friends but also people I know really well (my boyfriend, my mother) along with the names of basic things like "fork," "car," "cloud," "diamonds."

In extreme cases like this, it is viewed as a medical condition: anomic aphasia or dysnomia, and for decades

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