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    #1

    when you forgot how to call a thing.

    Hello.

    In Russian we have an especial expression that we use when we forgot a name of the thing.

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    For example, I don't remeber it's a key. How can I say a sentence like this: "Can you give me a, oh what we call it, key, yes, a key"?

    Probably you don't have such an expression in English. In Russian it's quite common.

    I hope I described my question well.
    Thanks in advance.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: when you forgot how to call a thing.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/whatchamacallit

    I have also read other variants (I believe the last time it was in a novel by James Patterson), such as "whaddyacallit", "whatchacallit" and the like. All, of course, in informal dialogues/conversations.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: when you forgot how to call a thing.

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    In Russian we have an especial expression that we use when we forgot a name of the thing.

    In English it's often a "whatchamacallit".

    "I can't find the whatchamacallit… the door key."

    Sometimes "whatsit", "thingummy", "thingy" etc.

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    #4

    Re: when you forgot how to call a thing.

    In BrE, it's a thingamajig, thingummyjig, thingummy, doobr(e)y, whatsit. A friend of mine inexplicably uses the word "badger" when she can't think of the right word.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: when you forgot how to call a thing.

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    I often hear "whosie-whatsit" (hoozie-wotzit).
    I think this is largely Aust/NZ.

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    #6

    Re: when you forgot how to call a thing.

    "Doohickey" is another term.

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    #7

    Re: when you forgot how to call a thing.

    Thank you very much for your replies, but I have no idea how to pronounce them.
    Well, I'll try to find their pronunciation.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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