If this is what he did to a paragraph in a forgettable speech, what pray tell did he do to something that really mattered?
And none of that really mattered anyway, because he was just forgettable at debates and on the stump.
Tricia Romano on the legends who never won the gold—and some forgettable winners.
Old English forgietan, from for-, used here with negative force, "away, amiss, opposite" + gietan "to grasp" (see get). To "un-get," hence "to lose" from the mind. A common Germanic construction (cf. Old Saxon fargetan, Old Frisian forjeta, Dutch vergeten, Old High German firgezzan, German vergessen "to forget"). The literal sense would be "to lose (one's) grip on," but that is not recorded in any Germanic language. Related: Forgetting; forgot; forgotten.