Posted by Bob on June 01, 2001
: : : I am looking for the origin or other information on the phrase "the wit of the staircase"
: : l'espirit de l'escalier or the "the wit of the staircase".
: : Those biting ripostes that are thought of just seconds too late, on the way out of the room halfway down the stairs or even days later.
Oops. Hit the wrong button.
We used to call them "garden gate replies," but I like l'esirit de l'escalier better.