jog/refresh memory

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  • grubble

    Senior Member
    British English
    "to jog <something>" means to hit or bump it lightly.

    Example
    "I jogged his elbow" = I nudged him.

    To jog someone's memory is a metaphor.

    "to refresh someone's memory" is non-metaphorical.

    There is a difference in meaning. If we "refresh a memory" we do this by reiterating some facts. If we "jog" a memory, we provide a clue that sets off a train of thought.
     

    helpea

    Senior Member
    English
    Jog his memory is basically another way of saying "remind."

    It is something that will make him think about something else. (refresh his memory)
     
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