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L’esprit de l’escalier

”L’esprit de l’escalier” is a French term that refers to the universal phenomenon of thinking of a clever response or comeback too late, usually after a conversation or argument has already ended. 

 

The term literally means “the spirit of the stairs”, as it would typically happen between neighbours bumping into each other in the stairwell of their Paris apartment block. 

 

Can you remember an occasion in which you had the perfect comeback too late?

 

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