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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 08, 2008


Claire, getting emotional about the political quagmire and the policies that represent us, the US, to the world strikes me as the only sensible response. True, some stalwarts (those with psyches far stronger than mine) need to fight idiocy and reason. You, from what I can tell, might be one of those people. But who could fully understand what's at stake without moments of hysteria--one of Freud's famous labels for women's inadequacy, but that guy grows more obsolete by the minute.
Bty, I did mention you & your sister to my son, who is so peculiar that he claimed to be disinterested in any pre-arranged meeting with his mom's blogger friend and her sister. Where did I go wrong?

Whoa: I meant, of course, need to fight idiocy WITH reason.

Claire- you're so right. Rich has been on a roll. I also so vividly remember your the earlier posts you mentioned. They should be reprinted/reposted again!!

I think anyone concerned about the state of politics and how people go about winning should read this. The deregulation of the media has done so much harm.

Not "your the"... I was typing too fast and nodding too much with all you wrote.

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