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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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February 20, 2006


I've been dying to see this film! I heard a radio play of Tristram Shandy last year, and I fell in love with the voice. I have the book on my nightstand--when I finish off that biography of William the Conqueror I will definitely start it.

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