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Word of the Day 07/07/19 Esprit de L'Escalier

Esprit de L'Escalier (noun)
esprit de l'escalier [ es-pree duh le-skahl-yey ]


noun French
1. a perfect comeback or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed: Writers, by nature, tend to be people in whom l' esprit de l'escalier is a recurrent experience.


Origin: First recorded in 1905–10; literally, “wit of the staircase” (i.e., after one has left the gathering)

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