Have you ever been in a situation where you know that a word exists but you just can't think of the word? For example, you are trying to say or write the word "villain", but you just can't think of the word. (Hey, it can happen.) So you say, "He's the bad guy in the story or the .... uh ... what's the word I'm looking for? I think it starts with a "v". Ugh! It's at the tip of my tongue."
When a word is at the tip of your tongue, you often start with the first letter; but sometimes, you're not even sure what the first letter is. However, you are certain that there is such a word. The curious thing is, often, when you ask a friend and describe the word that you're trying to remember, the friend will agree that the word exists, but he can't think of the word, either. It's also at the tip of his tongue. I truly hate it when this happens; but it does.
Alice: So how did Tom take the news that he got laid off?
Betty: Are you kidding me? He was shocked. He was ... what's the word? I think it starts with an "f".
Alice: Yeah, I know what you're talking about. It also means astonished, right?
Betty: Yeah. Ugh! It's at the tip of my tongue.
Alice: I can't think of the word either.
Betty: I hate it when this happens.
Alice: I know. It's frustrating.
Betty: Anyway, he was not happy.
So, do you know the word that's at the tip of Alice's and Betty's tongues? It starts with an "f", and it also means shocked or astonished. See if you can figure it out.