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Tip of the Tongue Phenomenon

  • Today, I will talk about tip of the tongue (TOT) phenomenon.


    The tip of the tongue phenomenon is a phenomenon that though you’re about to recall something, you can’t.

    There are some cases: you’re retrieving a similar sound word that has a different meaning, you’re retrieving a similar meaning word that has a different sound, you’re retrieving only a first character of the word, and so on.

    Memory retrieval of human beings is sophisticated and is performed quite quickly, but the speed will become slow when you’re in the TOT states.

    By the way, the phenomenon is called “nodo made dekakatteiru” (which means something like “something is about to come to my throat”) in Japan.

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