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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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August 30, 2005

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Fantastic link to babyname wizard Claire! I pointed the ladies at the hospital to this website and they were enthralled for hours. Much appreciated. P.S My first trip ever to a blog and I don't think there are many that will top yours! Very well done!

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