Being remembered and being forgotten

If I say for example that "Salomon and Lydia were almost forgotten when I created the website", I mean it litterally. Almost no one had a personal memory of Lydia, absolutely no one had it of Salomon. Very few of their descendants knew their names: they were forgotten.

On the other hand: when we say that an actor, a singer or an author is "forgotten" or that "no one remembers him" we don't mean it that way! An actor can be remembered by 100.000 people and still be "forgotten". It just means that there are almost no articles in the media about him, or that very few people talk about him nowadays. How come this difference? Being remembered and being talked about is not the same thing.


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