aren’t we all in need of this?

Posted: September 17, 2007 in All and Sundry, Musings

L’esprit de l’escalier


(literally, stairway wit) is a French term that describes the predicament of thinking of the right comeback too late. Originally a witticism of Denis Diderot, the French encyclopedist, in his Paradoxe sur le Comédien.
The phrase can be used to describe a riposte to an insult, or any witty, clever remark that comes to mind too late to be useful—when one is on the “staircase” leaving the scene.

This expression dates from a time when the word esprit, which now means “spirit” or “mind”, meant more commonly “wit” (though mot d’esprit still means “witticism”).
–from wikepedia

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i do. most of the time, to be exact. i’ve always envied friends like kiday who could just whip up a repartee right then and there (while still in the conversation), while i am always in a lost  or fumbling for words especially in the middle of an argument. that’s one of the reasons why i blog in the first place. 🙂

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