December 7, 2005

on the tip of my tongue

Posted in Idioms at 9:39 am by Feng

One On the tip of one’s tongue — About to say something, but not quite remembered.

Today, a German guy ensusiastically enthusiastically tried to teach me some linux commands. But his fluent fluid explanation came to pause a halt at remembering, as he tried to remember the name of a very familiar command, which slipped his mind. He mumbled, “the command is called … em… em… it is on the tip of my tongue … “

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2 Comments »

  1. Glenton said,

    Obviously the “One” instead of “On” in the title of this is just a type (kidding, typo).

    Today, a German guy enTHusiastically tried to teach me some linux commands. But his fluent explanation* came to A pause** at remembering*** the name of a very familiar command, which slipped his mind. He mumbled, “the command is called … em… em… it is on the tip of my tongue … “

    *fluent is not often used as an adjective for explanation; perhaps “fluid” if your meaning is unhesitating
    **generally you don’t “come” to a pause – you just pause. You might come to a halt
    ***”at remembering” is not the correct syntax.
    This might be phrased:
    “But his fluid explanation came to a halt, as he tried to remember the name of…” or
    “But his flowing explanation paused at a sudden inability to remember the name of…”

    But I guess it was completely understandable, so perhaps this is all a waste of time!

  2. Feng said,

    >> But I guess it was completely understandable, so perhaps this is all a waste of time!
    No, no… You have just highlighted the difference between a foreign English-speaker and a native English-speaker. Thanks for your comments.


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