WORDS QUICKPOST: Tartle

Tartle [Scottish]: To hesitate in recognising a person or thing. Verb.

We have all found ourselves, at least once, in the embarrassing position of talking to somebody who has been introduce before but whose name temporarily escapes all attempts at recall. If you recover quickly enough to avoid terminal embarrassment and remember the name of your fellow partygoer or business acquaintence, you have committed an act common enough for the Scottish people to have coined a word for it: They would say that you tartled (TAR-tul).

– They Have a Word For It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslateable Words and PhrasesHoward Rheingold. (p. 39)

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