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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Esprit de l'Escalier

NPR featured a book by Christopher J. Moore, In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World. One untranslatable phrase was esprit de l'escalier: "A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs [as you dejectedly exit the artistes' salon]." Is blogging an antidote? You think of the perfect retort - as you're shuffling home - then share it with us. You can be the hero! You can pretend you remembered in time to have caused a respectful hush to fall over those jaded jerks upstairs!

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