esprit de l’escalier: wit of the staircase : repartee thought of only too late, on the way home
I learned this on Ash Wednesday during the prayer ceremony I attended. This French phrase is a pithy expression to capture that feeling of suddenly thinking of the perfect response after a conversation is finished and you’re probably back home ruminating on what transpired.
The priest used the phrase in terms of the story between Jesus and the rich, young man who followed all the commandments but turned away from Jesus because he didn’t want to give up all his belongings. In some ways that isn’t a perfect fit, but this phrase sure is useful.
This is the second, or bonus word of the week. I loved two discoveries and didn’t want to possibly forget this phrase.