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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 15, 2009



That is a spectral looking Mona Lisa, Claire. I wonder what Leonardo would think if he could time travel? I always wondered why that painting is so famous. I saw it once and it is paltry and just not very interesting; it looks better on the wall in the Short North. M

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