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  • Gelett Burgess (1866 – 1951) coined both blurb and tintiddle, though blurb is sometimes attributed to Brander Matthews.

    Gelett Burgess and the blurb

  • In the meantime I offer you “tintiddle”, another word coined by Burgess (1866 – 1951), who was an American artist, writer, critic and humorist.

    Tintiddle and l’esprit de l’escalier

  • I have heard several people lament the lack of an equivalent term in English, but this lack is only apparent, for tintiddle is that term.

    Tintiddle and l’esprit de l’escalier

  • Gelett Burgess (1866 – 1951) coined both blurb and tintiddle, though blurb is sometimes attributed to Brander Matthews.

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  • In his book Burgess Unabridged: A New Dictionary of Words You Have Always Needed (scanned here; plain text here) he defined tintiddle as:

    Tintiddle and l’esprit de l’escalier

  • A few weeks ago I started writing about the origin of the word blurb, but ended up writing instead about tintiddle, also known as l’esprit de l’escalier.

    Gelett Burgess and the blurb

  • A few weeks ago I started writing about the origin of the word blurb, but ended up writing instead about tintiddle, also known as l’esprit de l’escalier.

    April « 2009 « Sentence first

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  • Gelett Burgess coined "tintiddle" in 1907, defining it as "An imaginary conversation; wit coming too late." It is equivalent to the French "l'esprit de l'escalier," meaning "the wit of the staircase" or "staircase wit".

    June 12, 2009