tartle (verb; Scottish) To hesitate in recognizing a person or thing.
“Good morning, Courtney,” said Aaron cheerfully as he arrived at the office.
“I’m sorry,” Courtney replied. “And you are…?”
An uncomfortable silence ensued. Wiping a tear from his cheek, Aaron retreated to his desk, head down and spirit crushed. Am I really so forgettable? he wondered. Clearly, my life is meaningless. He drew a pistol from his desk drawer, chambered a round, and slowly brought the muzzle up to his temple.
“Don’t worry, buddy,” said Skooch, patting him reassuringly on the shoulder. “I’m sure she just tartled.”