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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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September 11, 2007


Thanks for the link, Claire. I think I have an unhealthy mix of hope and cynicism today. Because of scales are heavily tipped toward the cynic in me, knowing the awful consequences of 9/11. That's why I posted the George Carlin video too. He says what The Skimmer and I have tried to say over the last six years in one little four minute, hitting the nail right on the head, rant. Although much more crudely!

I hear you on the mix of cynicism and hope. I've been watching the news on a more regular basis since living with the folks, and watch Keith Olbermann every night. It just makes me angry about what's happened to our country. I guess that's one emotion I left out of this post. I'm angry and frustrated.

I want so very much to be hopeful about Iraq. But I just don't know how to do it:-(

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