It's one thing to remember the name of someone you haven't seen in a long time when you bump into that person in a store or on a sidewalk.
Coming up with “Steve” or “Chris” is a good feeling.
But some of us aren't satisfied with that. Oh, no. Not content with getting that name right, we have to up the ante. After the exchange of pleasantries and good-to-see-yous, we roll the dice.
“And be sure to say hello to…”
Here's where time can stand still.
What is the name of this guy's wife?
When suddenly in doubt, a couple of options might occur to you.
1) Incomprehensible mumbling.
2) “Your lovely wife.”
Neither is ideal. But at least you won't then be haunted by images of that guy going home and having some fun at your expense.
“Ran into Cuthbert Twilley while I was out. He said to say hello to you. When did you change your name to Samantha?”