Definitely worth a blog post. I have been saying this for years:
There are lots of words which begin with G and have a soft G (J) pronunciation: Gillette, gerund, gene, generous, Gibralter… I could go on and on. GIF is just another one. It just is.
First, notice that I have absolutely nothing up my sleeve!
Let me know if you want to know how it’s done.
Ever have one of those times when you know a foreign language word for a common thing, you can see the thing, you know what the thing is, but for the life of you you can’t remember the English word?
In the supermarket today I saw a fruit and knew it was あんず (anzu). I knew what it was. I knew what it was called in Japanese. I knew it was a common fruit. I’ve eaten them before in the U.S. and in Japan. I know I knew the English word. It was not an unusual word. But I just could not recall it all day.
I thought if I didn’t try hard to remember it would eventually come to me. Finally it was bothering me and I looked it up in Google Translate – apricot. Of course.
But how could I forget the English word and remember just the Japanese word? It feels really … weird.
Is something happening to my brain?
I saw those tall black birds along the river again today, and this time got a better picture of them. They have been identified as cormorants.