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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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March 31, 2007

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Claire, the trip sounds so fantastic. For some reason, I had the idea you were going to be there longer. No wonder you were so anxious about making every minute count. What a terrific opportunity. I'm with Lance. Post it all; some of the best experiences I've ever had were vicarious.

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