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maverickdebx commented on the word Esprit de l'escalier
Definition:A witty remark thought of too late, on the way home; the clever comment you wish you had deliveredExample:"When he bragged about sleeping like a baby, I should have added the bit about waking up crying every two hours, but that's just esprit de l'escalier. At the time I just nodded and said nothing."About the Word:From the French for "staircase wit," this phrase was coined by 18th century encyclopedist Denis Diderot. As a simpler alternative to esprit de l'escalier, English speakers sometimes use escalator wit.
September 26, 2012
maverickdebx commented on the word Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
Definition:the logical mistake that one thing caused another just because it happened firstExample:"Jen blamed the onset of her headache on the arrival of her in-laws, but that might just have been post hoc, ergo propter hoc."About the Word:This Latin phrase literally means "after this, therefore because of it." This error in logic is sometimes summed up as "correlation doesn't equal causation."
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