“Hi, Bekah’s mom!” said 5-year-old Edie as she spotted her best friend’s mother in a store.
Kids come up with the cutest names for others when they don’t know the real ones. But adults don’t have the same option. They can’t call the mail carrier “Mr. Mailman” if they forget his name.
When we remember people’s names, it makes them feel special and important. But what happens when we forget? That can make things very awkward, especially when we need to make an introduction. So what can we do?
Start with the other person
First introduce the one whose name you remember. For example, say, “This is my friend, Angie. We went to school together.” Then wait. Hopefully the other person will take her turn and make her own introduction. Or you can turn to your friend Angie and say, “Why don’t the two of you introduce yourselves?” This approach isn’t quite as courteous. But it is guaranteed to provide the name you are searching for.
come up with（想出、提出）
get away with：僥倖成功、不因某事受處罰