ugly sister effect

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A common feature of the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon, when a different but related blocking memory pops into consciousness, impeding access to the required memory, and generally being difficult or impossible to dislodge. [The name alludes to the ancient fairly tale in which Prince Charming tries to gain access to the beautiful Cinderella but is blocked by her ugly sisters, who pop up in her place]

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