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Is there an English equivalent to "presque vu": the feeling that something is on the tip of your tongue?

Usually, I hear "on the tip of my tongue", however, I am curious to know if there are other English words meaning the same.

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    I know there's a word for that. I can almost see it in my mind. – Robusto Jul 16 '15 at 19:22
  • Please can you edit your title to remove any use of French? This SE is for English. Your query is much more suited to a translation forum such as can be found here forum.wordreference.com/forums/… – chasly - reinstate Monica Jul 16 '15 at 19:41
  • @chaslyfromUK, I understand, but I am not requesting for translation. I got curious after reading a similar question on "this SE"- english.stackexchange.com/questions/57690/… – ajaypanx Jul 16 '15 at 19:46
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    Presque vu is a loan term and English already. – ermanen Jul 16 '15 at 19:49
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    @chaslyfromUK I don't see why one should not refer to non-English words here, especially when trying to discover an English equivalent. Besides, English is not a language which exists in isolation from all other languages. It is merely one branch of the Indo-European family. And what happens in French is of relevance to English. Unless of course you think that God is an Englishman and therefore the language has a special status in that regard. – WS2 Jul 16 '15 at 20:06
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Just like déjà vu, presque vu has been adopted into the English language (as you can see in the link you provided), although I imagine it is much less widely recognized than déjà vu.

So the English equivalent is simply presque vu.

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I just checked Traxler's Introduction to Psycholinguistics where he calls them tip-of-the-tongue experiences, but he also refers to the phenomenon playfully in the title of the section as access interruptus (p. 45).

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I believe the newest common expression to describe the sudden, temporary disconnect of cognition and vocalization is "brainfart". (AmE)

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  • Oldbag: Really? That would seem to refer to using the wrong word, meaningless in the context, not to refer to being at a loss for a word. I say "verbal logjam" when it happens to me. – ab2 Jul 16 '15 at 23:12
  • @ab2 - I'm not particularly fond of it either - but, that's the way I've heard it used, and it's currently popular. – Oldbag Jul 16 '15 at 23:30

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