BE A LITTLE FRENCH

Hey Guys! How are you all? Long time no see. Well, my bad, apologies. So how are you all fairing through this Corona outbreak? I know, I know, it’s tough. Nah, don’t worry, this article is not another tedious and tiresome read about the pandemic. This about a small passion some of us share. The passion for discovering and learning new words.

So how many of you already know the meaning of ‘Deja Vu?’ Alright, many of you already know it, for those who don’t, let me tell you. Deja Vu is a feeling you get when you feel you have already done something before or been to a place before when you haven’t. I get it a lot; it’s pleasant and unnerving at the same time.

But now let me introduce you to something akin yet different. I bet not many of you have heard of the word ‘Jamais vu’.

It is a French word and is an antonym of Deja Vu. It’s the feeling or experience that a person knows or recognizes a situation, but that it still seems very unfamiliar or unknown. A typical example of Jamais vu is when a person momentarily does not remember a word, person, or place that they already know. I have sometimes even forgotten my address while trying to give to delivery boys.

Now, there is one more word from the same family, let me introduce you to the third member too. It is called ‘Presque Vu’. It is the tip of the tongue phenomenon, in which you know that you know something, but can’t quite recall it. It happens so often with movie name and songs.

Let me tell you the etymology of these French words.
‘Vu’ is French and means ‘Seen’, as in deja vu, ‘Deja’ means already seen ‘Before’. In ‘jamais vu’, ‘Jamais’, also French, means ‘Never’, so never seen (before). ‘Presque’ is French for ‘Almost‘, so almost like I’ve seen this before, but not yet, it’s coming…

So, have fun with these words and be a li’l French.