Esprit de l'escalier love

Esprit de l'escalier

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  • Definition:

    A witty remark thought of too late, on the way home; the clever comment you wish you had delivered

    Example:

    "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