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l'esprit de l'escalier or esprit d'escalier (staircase wit) is thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late. the phrase can be used to describe a riposte to an insult or any witty remark that comes to mind too late to be useful—after one has left the scene of the encounter. the phenomenon is usually accompanied by a feeling of regret at not having thought of it when it was most needed or suitable.
pheonee:

felt pertinent

basically

pheonee:

felt pertinent

basically

(Source: rennerei, via sapphicdalliances)

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