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Old 11-30-2015, 04:18 PM   #21
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Unfortunately, in my case I always have great comebacks...........hours after the fact.
The French have a saying for that: "L'esprit de l'escalier". It's used when one thinks of the perfect reply too late.


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This name for the phenomenon comes from French encyclopedist and philosopher Denis Diderot's description of such a situation in his Paradoxe sur le comédien.[1] During a dinner at the home of statesman Jacques Necker, a remark was made to Diderot which left him speechless at the time, because, he explains, "a sensitive man, such as myself, overwhelmed by the argument levelled against him, becomes confused and can only think clearly again [when he reaches] the bottom of the stairs".


In this case, “the bottom of the stairs” refers to the architecture of the kind of hôtel particulier or mansion to which Diderot had been invited. In such houses, the reception rooms were on the étage noble, one floor above the ground floor.[2] To have reached the bottom of the stairs means to have definitively left the gathering.
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Old 11-30-2015, 04:24 PM   #22
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The French have a saying for that: "L'esprit de l'escalier". It's used when one thinks of the perfect reply too late.
Sure describes me. I always have the best retort, but not until the next morning. The few times I knew exactly what to say at the right moment were either at work or with DW, and without exception, in all cases, I would have been much better off if I just STFU.
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Old 11-30-2015, 06:32 PM   #23
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Not my line, but I have a co-worker who has sums up the challenge of managing people quite succinctly. Whenever we're talking about a dept that is under-performing or we need to go in a new direction and we're discussing how we get everyone rallied he sums it up as:

"Well, we're either going to CHANGE people or we're going to change PEOPLE."
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Old 12-01-2015, 02:34 AM   #24
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Once I came home from work very early.
DH always was home much earlyer than me, so I opened the door and called "I am back home, where are you?".
He called back from upstairs: "I am in bed".

My instant reply: "I hope alone"



(It turned out that he had come home with heavy headache and tried to cure that by sleep.)
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:51 AM   #25
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In college a friend set me up on a blind date to double date with he and his girlfriend. We went to a movie and then went walking at a park. At the end of the night I walked her to the door and said I would like to see her again. Her comeback "I think we've been seeing too much of each other". All I could do was laugh.
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:13 AM   #26
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Once I came home from work very early.
DH always was home much earlyer than me, so I opened the door and called "I am back home, where are you?".
He called back from upstairs: "I am in bed".

My instant reply: "I hope alone"
This reminds me of an old Andy Capp cartoon. Andy come home late at night after spending hours at the local Pub. He takes off his shows, slowly and quietly climbs the stairs, slowly opens the bedroom door and carefully climbs into bed besides his very understanding and patient wife.

Wife: Andy is that you?

Andy: Yes, dear.

A long quiet pause in the dark.

The light goes on.

Andy: Who else would it be?
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Not mine, but my niece's.

She grew up to be very tall, by high school she was over 6'.

People would ask her,
"Do you play basketball?" (or, volleyball)

She'd reply,
"No. Do you play miniature golf?"

little wizeazz.
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Not mine, but my niece's.

She grew up to be very tall, by high school she was over 6'.

People would ask her,
"Do you play basketball?" (or, volleyball)

She'd reply,
"No. Do you play miniature golf?"

little wizeazz.
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DW and just got back from visiting her brother's family for Thanksgiving. Great people, but BIL is about as long-winded as anyone I can imagine. He was droning on and on about talking with some friend of his who introduced his new wife to him. He then turned to one of his sons who knew that this person had divorced and remarried and asked why he had not been told. He paused for air and I said, "I'm sure that you were not struck dumb by that revelation." BIL's wife and MIL were in tears and laughed for several minutes.
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Back in the 80s when I had just started dating my now-DW, I was invited to a nice dinner out with her, her family, and some cousins visiting from Michigan. Toward the end of the meal the discussion turned to people's national heritage. I was getting ready to join in the conversation when the waiter tapped me on the shoulder and, wanting to clear my plate, asked "Are you finished?" My immediate reply, still following the table conversation, was "No, Norwegian."
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During a recent conversation at the local library, someone mentioned the word sex.

"My husband says sex keeps you young" said one of the librarians.

I said "that's one of the examples of the difference between men and women: what men say to get sex."

A fellow turned to me and asked "what do women say to get sex?"

I replied "Yes."
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