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Here is one story retold, albeit with a pithier ending:
Here's Your Sign
What happened: I was picking my bicycle up off of the ground at a convenience store. As I was doing so, a man walked by and asked me "Bike fall down on ya?"
What I said: nothing
What I SHOULD have said: No, I ride it like this, it's better exercise that way!
The French call it l'esprit d'escalier, "the wit of the staircase," those biting ripostes that are thought of just seconds too late, on the way out of the room-or even, to tell the truth, days later. It's happened to you: you've suddenly thought of just what would put your foe in his or her place, but past the time when the arrow could sting its victim. You've stewed in your own juice ever since, and the chance for singeing repartee is gone forever.
Or is it?
Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde may have had the rapier wit to tweak their tormentors on the spot, but for the rest of us, we offer the Internet's only L'esprit d'escalier web site!