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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 20, 2011


oh - an autumn cold. They just usher in the change of season. I got one after the plane ride and Ben just caught it (but it was v. small). Not enough to stop us but enough to make me think I did not bring enough clothes.

love you, feel better, E

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