Word of the day

Tartle – to hesitate while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten her/his name.

I am unfortunately well practised at tartling. Does that make me a tartler?

12 Responses to Word of the day

  1. alex Masterley says:

    I have a masters degree in tartling, even with people I know well!


  2. JC says:

    “Does that make me a tartler?”

    Depends on the colour and vividness of your lipstick.



  3. homepaddock says:

    Alex – somedays I’m just about at doctorate level.

    JC – it’s not scarlet.


  4. pdm says:

    The real skill of tartling is to keep people talking long enough for them to give you a clue as to who they are. I find about 2am the next morning is often when I recall the name of the person I was talking to.


  5. adam2314 says:

    Better a Tartler than a Tatler..


  6. robertguyton says:

    When you do get the name right first time, I think the verb becomes startle.


  7. adam2314 says:

    Your source RG ??


  8. adam2314 says:

    Is there no TARTLE HP ??..


  9. homepaddock says:

    PDM – 2am is often the knowing hour.

    RG – that would indeed be startling.

    Adam @ 7.37 – definitely.
    @ 9.58 you’ve lost me.


  10. adam2314 says:

    @ 9.58 Maybe I should have said is there really such a word :-))

    Mea Culpa.. ( Shades of Room at the Top ) :-(((

    Always suspect everything !!..


  11. JC says:

    “JC – it’s not scarlet.”

    Ah.. you’ve relinquished the field to the tartlets.



  12. homepaddock says:

    Adam – yes it’s Scottish: In the book “I Never Knew There Was A Word For It” by Adam Jacot de Boinod (Penguin).

    I googled it and found a couple of references to it too including: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/7936824/Tartle-bufetak-kaelling-the-foreign-words-to-which-English-has-no-answer.html

    JC – that particular field was never mine to relinquish.


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