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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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July 11, 2009


Claire, your description of this show is intriguing. Though I'm fairly uninterested in sitting in front of my computer to watch TV (no wireless for the laptop) I just might have to make an exception and watch this.

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