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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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July 11, 2005


Hi friend! I read Juan Cole's article and really enjoed it. However, I just tried to go to his main page and for some reason Humana's outrageously restrictive internet filter blocked it as "pornography". Is there something not apparent at first glance about your good friend the professor?

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