Treppenwitz [Snopes]

by Limbic on February 26, 2004

“Treppenwitz, defined as “the wit of the stairway” – a perfect comeback dreamed up only after the moment for uttering it has passed. The frustration of coming up with a brilliant rejoinder too late to deliver it is a phenomenon most of us have experienced, hence the coining of terms such as treppenwitz or l’espirit de l’escalier to describe it.” from Snopes

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