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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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April 11, 2010

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How funny - I read this poem with my class recently. They are in Grade 6 and did not like it as much as I did (although a few giggled at the funny rhymes - they particularly liked 'pyrate')!

love this photo ! and the poem !

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