It’s a serious question if you date much.
You’re having dinner with a woman, the evening is going well, and all of a sudden…you can’t remember her name.
What do you do?
You can’t really say, “Hey, tell me your name again.”
I ask this question because I don’t have a good answer myself. I need help.
Fortunately, I’ve never completely blanked on a woman’s name at a critical moment, but I fear that I will. It’s like a recurring nightmare.
I’m not alone. I asked a couple of friends lately, and they said they have the same fear.
One said he went through a woman’s mail one time to recall her name.
“It saved me,” he said.
I loved the old Seinfeld TV sitcom from the 1990s. In one episode, Jerry faces this problem: He can’t remember the name of the woman he’s dating.
But he remembers it rhymes with a part of the female anatomy, so he and his friend George try to guess it. Some of the wrong ones:
- Aretha (for uretha)
- Celeste (breast)
- Bovary (ovary)
Jerry never can recall the woman’s name. On their next date, she realizes he’s stumped and presses him to say her name.
“Mulva?” Jerry guesses sheepishly.
Wrong. She storms out of his apartment.
But he doesn’t give up.
“Gipple?” he yells after her. “Dolores?”
We never find out her name, but it’s a hysterical episode.
Forgetting your date’s name makes for funny television. But I doubt it would be funny in real life.
I Googled “forget a woman’s name” and got several results.
An article from the site Wikihow has this headline: How to Survive if You Wake Up Next to a Woman and Can’t Remember Her Name.
It offers these suggestions: Check a prescription bottle, magazine label, checkbook or business card.
I can picture a frantic guy, scurrying around a woman’s apartment early one morning, trying to discover her name before she wakes up.
Another site, Answers.com, suggests you resort to generic pet names if you can’t find the woman’s name. It offers these possibilities: honey, baby, sweetie, dear and darling.
I doubt you could use those long without getting busted.
Well, I still haven’t come up with a great answer to my original question. My only solution: Write her name down as soon as you learn it and keep the paper with you.
I’d rather awkwardly pull out a piece of paper than draw a complete blank.
You may think you’re good with names. You may think you’d never forget a date’s name. But be prepared. Write the name down and say it several times before the date.