My boyfriend thought it was clever when I asked what the right word was for "an angry parade".
I forgot the name of a peeler and tried, "vegetable sharpener".
My little brother who was around 6 at the time really wanted popcorn, and he asked if he could have some of the "boom puffs."
At Target, I asked for "a can of bug-murder". I forgot "insecticide" or even "bug spray". The dude took it in stride, didn't flinch.
My mom referred to Guitar Hero as "Carpet Banjo" one time. Me and my friends still call it that.
My ex and I were hanging out one day trying to figure out what we wanted to do. I suggested maybe a walk in the park, a trip to the zoo, etc. when all of a sudden his face lit up and he gleefully asked "WHAT ABOUT THE AQUA MUSEUM?!"
It took me a good few seconds to realize he meant the "aquarium".
Couldn't remember groomsmen, went with dudesmaids instead.
Friend is Norwegian. She couldn't remember the English word for "monkey."
Apparently the direct translation of monkey in Norwegian is "ape-cat."
Edit: We were watching Harry Potter the other day. Dumbledore is "Bumbletwist."
Another favorite is "Grass Dude," or pineapple.
I recently struggled to think of the word ‘Oval’, so instead landed on “the circle rectangle”.
To this day most of my family refers to a strainer/colander as a "noodle stay, water go" because my older brother called it that once when he couldn't find it and needed to ask where it was.
My girlfriend was frustrated because she couldn't find her shoehorn, and then said loudly "WHERE IS THE BOOT SPOON"
Stuck in traffic. SO called to ask how it was. I said it was ass to mouth over here. I couldn’t remember the phrase “bumper to bumper”.
A polish exchange student was thirsty after a nightout and didn't know what to say. He pointed to his mouth and said Sahara.
This came to my mind when I read a post on Reddit where a girl called a feather a "bird leaf".
I once had to listen to my mother tell a 10 minute story about all the honkers she saw at the park.
Geese. She meant geese.
Back in 90s I was 14 and begging my mom to let me go to a Guns n Roses concert..
I kept nagging until she got frustrated but couldnt remember the band name and said:
"I'M NOT LETTING YOU GO TO ANY DAMN DEATH AND FLOWERS CONCERT"
I couldnt stop laughing
I once forgot the word for "letters" and asked my coworker how many alphabet numbers a word had.
I know a german who learned english in wales, its the most amazing cluster fuck of accents.
Anyway, a dog ran off with his gloves and he chased after it shouting, 'come back with my hand shoes!'
At one point I started googling "map of the year" because my brain short-circuited and I couldn't recall the word "calendar".
Breakfast soup. (The word he was looking for was cereal.)
My husband wanted me to pass him the cooking tongs
My friend couldn't remember the word "cow" for some reason, so she googled "moo beast" to remember.
Edit: Jesus Christ! I had no idea this would get this much attention. Thanks for the gold took random stranger!
Didn't know what to call people from Japan as a kid so I decided on "Japanicans"
I once worked with a German guy who asked me what the English word for 'a snail without a house on his back'. Took me a while to work out he meant a slug.
German for slug translates to naked snail.