It’s your first day of a new job. It’s going well. You’ve been introduced to so many people that no one expects you to remember all those names yet. That’s OK. You’ll get to know them in time.
After the first week, you know a lot of names already. There are some you can’t remember, but that’s fine.
After the second week, you know nearly everyone’s names.
After a month, you’re completely sorted for names. Except for one person. You see them almost every day but you’ve forgotten their name. You’re hoping that someone else will call the person out loud, allowing you to be reminded of the name.
After two months, you can’t even ask anyone. It would be too embarrassing. You’re now avoiding any tasks which involve using that person’s name. It’s getting rather awkward.
Three months have gone by and you still don’t know their name. Much too late to ask now.
One year on, and you’re leaving the job. There’s a ‘sorry you’re leaving’ card from your colleagues, which they’ve all signed. Finally, finally, you know that person’s name. It’s the same as yours.