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On Vocabulary: Esprit d’escalier


Esprit d’escalier

Translated from the French as “wit of the staircase”, it is the perfect line/thought you come up with a little too late for a response to something that happened. (I assume it’s something you remember/think of after you left the room and on your way up the staircase.)

We’ve all had those moments.

The Germans probably have a word that describes the chagrin that goes with the esprit (a cousin of the word, schadenfreude, the pleasure you get from misfortunes of others.

Photo: a cat in Northern Italy


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