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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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November 11, 2008


Claire, those are great quotes! I remember when Clinton was in office and the right would attack him because he was able to see so many different sides to the same issue. Like that's a negative.

We still need to get to the First Ladies Museum.

How awesome is it that Michelle Obama will now be included there?! So great!!

I agree whole-heartedly with blue girl.

How did I not know that there's a First Ladies Museum?!

BG - I knew you'd like these quotes. And we must make our trip some time soonish! I wish they would open a Michelle Obama section right away, but given that she's only the first lady elect until January, I have a feeling I'm going it have to wait a bit...

Shannon, I did not know about the FLM until recently, and it's in my state! But as there are museums dedicated to EVERYTHING we really shouldn't be too surprised. :)

"Man was made for action and bustle."

So when are you moving back to Chicago? Or has Ohio provided you with too many people with whom to disagree?

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