Kind of. It's when your brain lapses and you are at a loss to explain it otherwise. Not just when you say something stupid, but also when you forget something important, like someone's name you should definitely know.In American English it is used when someone realizes they said something stupid and attribute this to a brain lapse.
J'appellerais cela "un trou de mémoire".......when you forget something important, like someone's name you should definitely know.
So then, my question would be, is this still un pet d'esprit?
I actually heard that one more often than brain fart.Brain cramp is sometimes used.
That sounds similar to snapped synapses -- this medical term has also become a humorous description for memory loss. It's probably popular because of its alliteration.Hi Nicomon,
In my #8 I suggested des neurônes qui claquent/pètent.