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From Heather:


What happened: I was talking to a guy in my class and I was annoying him a little I guess and he said "you know what, I'm not going to talk to girls anymore, I'm just gonna talk to women" the guy in front of him pointed out the obvious and said "ohh he just called you a girl!"

What I said: nothing

What I SHOULD have said: "Well maybe I shouldn't talk to boys anymore. I should only talk to men" then turn and talk to the guy next to him!

on the stairs

L'esprit d'escalier

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!