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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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January 26, 2006

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81? I had not realized. Where did the time go?

I second AG's comment. Wow. 81.

And I'm right there with you, Claire. That man is to die for.

Loooove him.

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