…because some thoughts are worth remembering
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