Is there an English word (noun or verb) for a quick and short reminder? Imagine a friend reminding you five times a day to take your medicine. He doesn't actually tell you, but rather gives a clue, so that you will remember it on your own. The closest word I can think of is poke, but there are probably more possibilities. Maybe there are short and well-known synonyms.

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    Your friend prompts you. – Ian MacDonald Mar 12 '15 at 20:34
  • a nudge and a wink – JMP Mar 12 '15 at 21:25
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    I used to have a mnemonic to help me remember that word, but I've forgotten it. – Hot Licks Mar 12 '15 at 21:58
  • A quick and short word is nag – Oldcat Mar 12 '15 at 23:54
  • @HotLicks: Again, "Wucka wucka!" Don – rhetorician Mar 13 '15 at 0:45

If your friend walks into the room, and gets your attention by pointing to his watch, he has signaled that it is time for something specific. Perhaps the word "cue" would also apply. Pointing to his watch is a visual cue.

Your friend could also supply a verbal cue, by saying, "Do you remember what time it is?"

Prod might also work. "My friend prods me to take my medicine every day after lunch by silently placing a glass of water on my desk."

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They would offer a hint.


a : a statement conveying by implication what it is preferred not to say explicitly

b : an indirect or summary suggestion

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