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Topic: 1) Take that! (1 of 6), Read 74 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 04:09 PM

Martin Borsanyi, of Newport Beach, Calif., writes: "There should be a good English word describing the realization of the perfect riposte three hours after the argument. The Germans say 'Treppenwitz.' The French use the term 'esprit de escalier,' n'est pas? We ought to have a word of our own."

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Topic: 1) Take that! (2 of 6), Read 68 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 05:18 PM

there should be and there very well may be: afterwit means wisdom which comes after it can be of use.

today's wwftd is...

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Topic: 1) Take that! (3 of 6), Read 58 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Corners (barbarjo@pacbell.com)
Date: Monday, November 22, 1999 08:15 AM


"I shud dav sed ,,,but isnt
"the art of riposting patience?"

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Topic: 1) Take that! (4 of 6), Read 33 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Trevor Jackson (jawd@iname.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 02:33 PM

"Afterwit" is very good, but could it be refined to indicate the frustration?
Perhaps:
ishtot (I Should Have Thought Of That)

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Topic: 1) Take that! (5 of 6), Read 24 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Larry Kling (acmiwsro@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 06:35 PM

I agree with this solution, with one tiny addition -- ISHTOTT, or I Should Have Thought Of That THEN.

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Topic: 1) Take that! (6 of 6), Read 14 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 11:23 AM

Like a good wine and a good woman, sometimes my thoughts improve with age.

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Topic: Word Fugitives (1 of 1), Read 35 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Thomas Beckerle (tbeckerl@connection.com)
Date: Monday, November 22, 1999 05:21 PM

How about "Costanzaed" after Seinfeld's George Costanza? I'm referring to the episode where George spent days planning to drop a witty riposte on the executive who humiliated him in a boardroom.


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