I have never seen an elephant before in my life. Well,
I’ve never seen an elephant in person before (but I have been to the zoo), but I’ve seen pictures in biology text books, read articles in National Geographic, and seen TV shows involving elephants in some way. So much, that I dare say I can identify one in a picture or in real life if the opportunity so arose.
In fact, I bet that if you’re reading this you are easily imagining an elephant right now; with long ears, the big nose, thick grey leathery skin (or pink if you’ve been drinking), possibly rolling on top of some kind of circus ball.
But not everyone can readily identify an elephant.
And to be fair, it’s odd that I know a lot about elephants even though I’ve never really studied them, and that none live or roam anywhere I’ve ever been in the world. But I realized today that identifying elephants is not the easiest task in the world, especially if you’ve never seen an elephant.