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Here is one story retold, albeit with a pithier ending:

From Trinity mcantier:


What happened: I was with my friend in school when I was in year eight and I said to the friend that I was with "I want to wait for my other two friends" so the friend I was with said "oh sure you wait for them but never for me!" of course this friend was really insecure and often went to dark places, she also often took the piss out of nearly everybody and wasn't that much of a nice person.

What I said: I just stood their in silence for ages and mumbled "sorry".

What I SHOULD have said: I should have said "well maybe its because they're much nicer to me then you are to me!"

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!