esprit de l'escalier


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a witty remark that occurs to you too late

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Sweetenham's esprit de l'escalier was to dub the 100m and 200m breaststroker, who has gloriously failed at recent Olympics, as "second rate".
One of the word fugitives Barbara brought to justice was an English word for the French esprit de l'escalier or the German Treppenwitz--the wonderfully scathing remark you come up with when its target is already driving away.
But after the show, I felt the inevitable esprit de l'escalier and kept kicking myself for not making the retorts that came to me in droves after the fact.
I've noticed, for example, that most people who use the French expression esprit de l'escalier immediately explain that it means staircase wit--a clever remark that you think of when it's too late, while on the staircase.