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[Oct. 6th, 2007|11:05 pm]
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This is probably not the sort of question usually asked here, but I didn't know where else to go. I'm trying to find a terrifying (and maybe a little funny) medical-sounding name for writer's block. The best I can come up with is 'noncongenital museopathy'. Noncongenital means it wasn't always present, I think, and I guess museopathy would mean some sort of disease or abnormality of the muse.

So my question is twofold. Is what I came up with half decent, and can you do any better? What about the suggestions I've received from other places?

So far, this list looks like this:

-noncongenital museopathy
-idiopathic atrophographism
-temporary (though terrifying) cessation of creative potency
-haesitatio poetica
-left-cortical lesions of the association center
-frontotemporal cessation
-scriptor clausus
-a series of spontaneous and persistent grapho-specific aphasic episodes
-acquired idiopathic museopathy

(cross posted here and there)

[User Picture]From: buboniclou
2007-10-07 04:37 am (UTC)
Idiopathic atrophographism?
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[User Picture]From: nonewwitticisms
2007-10-07 04:39 am (UTC)

This sounds amazing. Can you break it down for me?
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[User Picture]From: buboniclou
2007-10-07 04:43 am (UTC)
Idiopathic = unknown cause/origin. I only use this probably only because I have idiopathic epilepsy, and it always comes to mind when I think of disease names.

Atrophy = loss or wasting away of a part or function, and graphy = writing. This would really be the only necessary name :)

Thanks! Have you considered posting at unusual_words and grammargasm? They're chock full of etymology dorks :)
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[User Picture]From: nonewwitticisms
2007-10-07 04:45 am (UTC)
I'm running to those to communities right now. RIGHT NOW. Thanks. You win at life.
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[User Picture]From: nonewwitticisms
2007-10-07 04:41 am (UTC)
I take it back. Google works wonders and I was able to break it down myself. YOU ARE AMAZING.
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[User Picture]From: buboniclou
2007-10-07 04:44 am (UTC)
Ahahha thank you for the ego boost anyway ;D
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