That’s what it’s all about

L’esprit de l’escalier or esprit d’escalier (staircase wit) is thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late. The phrase can be used to describe a riposte to an insult or any witty remark that comes to mind too late to be useful—when one is on the“staircase” leaving the scene of the encounter. The phenomenon is usually accompanied by a feeling of regret at not having thought of it when it was most needed or suitable. The French encyclopedist Denis Diderot originally described this situation in his Paradoxe sur le comédien.”



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One Response to “That’s what it’s all about”

  1. gailT says:

    ahh, so that’s the meaning. i was forever wondering, but I can’t even pronounce it. ^_^

    so you’ve moved to a different site? i’ve added to you to my google reader. Happy fall!

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