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Forgetting

 

Techniques > Conversation techniques > Excuses > Forgetting

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Description

When accused of having done something, claim to have forgotten either the whole incident or key aspects that would cause you problems if they were exposed.

You can make a bit of a show about this, wrinkling your forehead and frowning as you appear to wrack your brains in trying to remember.

Example

 Let me think. Hmm. No, I can't remember that happening. I was pretty drunk at the time.

Sorry, that was a long time ago. I can never remember little details like that.

Nope. No recall of that.

Discussion

Conveniently 'forgetting' is a useful way of avoiding the blame without having to admit or deny it. One of the advantages of forgetting is that nobody else knows what you remember and what you forget.

Forgetting as an excuse is often limited as most people would be expected to remember certain events. Older people forget more, so if you're past a 'certain age' then this is a more effective option. Just play to the stereotype and act befuddled and confused.

See also

Memory

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