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Entry from May 24, 2019
CRS Disease (Can’t Remember Shit)

"CRS Disease” is a jocular term for “Can’t Remember Shit/Stuff.” “CRS” often happens to politicians and people under oath, when they can’t seem to recall anything—especially when the memory loss serves their interests.

“He told me I’ve got CRS—Can’t Remember Stuff” was printed in the Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel on March 28, 1988. ”C.R.S. forgetful; stupid | He’s so C.R.S.! [< can't remember shit]" was printed in the book Slang U. (1989) by Pamela Munro.

“CRAFT Disease” (Can’t Remember A Fucking Thing) is a similar term.


28 March 1988, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “Mickey won’t appear with state cheddar” by Alex Thien, pt. 3, pg. 1, col. 4:
LEO KISSEL says he saw his doctor and the diagnosis was devastating.

“He told me I’ve got CRS—Can’t Remember Stuff,” Leo says. 

Google Books
Slang U.
By Pamela Munro
New York, NY: Harmony Books
1989
Pg. 64:
C.R.S. forgetful; stupid | He’s so C.R.S.! [< can't remember shit]

9 January 1990, Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “Smiley Anders’ Baton Rouge,” pg. 1B, col. 2:
While we’re discussing medical issues: Jean Neal is organizing a support group for people suffering from the same ailment that’s been troubling her for some time. It’s called CRS—which stands for “can’t remember stuff.”

4 August 1990, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “Thieves get grip on golfer’s clubs, drive the whole” by Alex Thien, pt. 3, pg. 1, col. 2:
LORRAINE McQUAID got home from her high school reunion in Minnesota. She told her sister, Joan Willbrandt, that a lot of her old classroom chums had the same disease she has. It’s called CRS or Can’t Remember Stuff. * * *

Google Books
Sport Aviation
Volume 40
1991
Pg. 24:
When you get up in years you contract a disease known as CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff), so I found that I would always forget to do one of the above and therefore the battery would be dead.

Google Books
The Jimmy Buffett Scrapbook
By Mark Humphrey; Harris Lewine
New York, NY: Coral Publ. Group
1993
Pg. 24:
“It’s called CRS. Can’t Remember Shit.”

Google Groups: alt.support.ocd
CRS (Can’t Remember Sh*t)
duane
7/28/99
I hate having my picture made.

OCLC WorldCat record
Our syndromes, ourselves
Author: Cathy Hamilton
Publisher: Kansas City : Andrews McMeel Pub., ©2000.
Edition/Format: Print book : English
Contents:
Can’t remember squat (CRS).

December 2000, Video Systems (Overland Park, KS), “Rebel without a crew” by Bill Miller, pg. 56, col. 3:
Though I’ve been very thorough in my planning, the adrenaline rush from a spectacle like a circus can contribute to CRS disease—Can’t Remember, um, Stuff.

Urban Dictionary
CRS
“Can’t Remember Shit”. Popularized by the movie Glory Daze.
I look back just a month ago and CRS.
by Bungalow Bill December 01, 2001

Urban Dictionary
CRS disease
This is a disease where you can’t remember shit.
- Do you have CRS disease or something?
- What’s CRS disease?
- It’s a disease where you can’t remember shit.

by Mai Vang June 29, 2004

Urban Dictionary
C.R.S
Can’t Remember Shit!
Quick lets spam some more, #Desi is getting one of his C.R.S attack again.
by maidesihoon May 31, 2005

Google Books
Title Crs!: Can’t Remember Stuff!
Grandma’s Guide to Living in the 21st Century - Volume 1 Passwords and Logons Series
Author Suzie Troupe
Publisher Independently Published, 2017
ISBN 1521940177, 9781521940174
Length 47 pages

Google Books
Title I Suffer from C. R. S.: Can’t Remember Shit Syndrome: an Organizer Journal for All Your Passwords and Shit You Can Not Remember
Author M. Neddur
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018
ISBN 1725716887, 9781725716889
Length 120 pages

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