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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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January 25, 2010

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How long has this tradition been going? How did it start? Looks like such a fun night!

So jealous I could cry! -Robert(a) Burns

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