Does that ring a bell?

Conditioned reflexThis favorite idiom is probably one you know:

  • Does that ring a bell?

It loosely translates as Připomíná ti to něco? and is often used to describe a vague memory or familiarity.

A: Have you heard about Terry Pratchett?
B: That does ring a bell… he is a writer, right?

A good synonym is “sounds familiar”. Both these phrases are sometimes used:

  • sarcastically:
    • Yesterday you promised to clean the car. Does that ring a bell?
  • apologetically:
    • What you said his name was? Harthsmuth? Sorry, doesn’t ring a bell.
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