I am searching for a phrase for the feeling that you have when you walk away from an argument and think of all the responses that you could have said. I remember that my friend told me that there was a very specific phrase for it, involving "escalier" but I cannot remember the rest. Any help would be appreciated.


It's called esprit d'escalier, which has an interesting origin.


You are certainly thinking about l'esprit de l'escalier.

  • Techniquement, j'étais le premier, avec 12 secondes d'avance ;-) – Frank Feb 24 '17 at 23:49
  • @Frank Bravo, victoire sur le fil ... – jlliagre Feb 24 '17 at 23:51
  • (On s'en fiche pas mal, bien entendu :-) – Frank Feb 24 '17 at 23:53
  • Surtout qu'on est presque d'accord sur la réponse... – jlliagre Feb 25 '17 at 0:01

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