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Word of the day

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I thought I'd share dictionary.com's word of the day. You'll see at the end of the definition why... ;)

 

Word of the day: esprit de l’escalier (es-pree duh le-skahl-yey)

 

Definition: a perfect comeback or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed: Writers, by nature, tend to be people in whom l' esprit de l'escalier is a recurrent experience.

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6 minutes ago, lynnmosher said:

a perfect comeback or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed

 

Ah, I hate when that happens! 😄 Who knew there was an actual word for it?

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2 hours ago, lynnmosher said:

a perfect comeback or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed

That happens all the time. 

 

1 hour ago, carolinamtne said:

The advantage to being a writer is that you can recreate the scene with a character and make the appropriate comeback!

 

That's why my characters are way more witty and clever than real life.

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So that's why it's easier for me to communicate via writing ... 

4 hours ago, lynnmosher said:

a perfect comeback or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed

'cause this happens all the time in real life conversation! There's no "backspace" or "delete" in verbal communication ...

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6 hours ago, Claire Tucker said:

So that's why it's easier for me to communicate via writing ...

Me too! I think up this perfect thing in my head, write it down, then when I try to explain it, everyone else is like, "Huh? What planet are you from?" It's happened with me and my sister before. Now it's happened to me again. . .

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Oh my word, that happens to me too! That's why I'm often quieter in person than I am when I write messages to people. I have to take time to think out what I want to say to folks, which causes my "brilliant remarks" to often come to my brain looooooonnnnng after the subject has shifted or been completely dropped altogether!! 

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11 hours ago, lynnmosher said:

a perfect comeback or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed:

So there's a word for the condition that plagues me :D 

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