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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 24, 2007


Claire, Your descriptions are clear and interesting, not disjointed. Keep having fun and taking pictures. Miming when language fails can work really well. It's certainly better than letting different words and ways of speaking isolate you from one of China's (or any other country's) most fascinating wonders, its people.

Claire, sounds like you're havinga grand time! I love this report! Can't wait to see you and hear more and to see all the great pics!

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