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heypacksees commented on the word tartle
Per this research, originally meaning “to hesitate” (cf. startle), it later acquired idiomatic contronym status in the Scottish dialect of English. “He didn’t tartle me” and “He tartled at me” both mean roughly “He didn’t recognize me”.
April 30, 2017
kewpid commented on the word tartle
To hesitate when you are introducing someone whose name you can't quite remember
November 6, 2007
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