Treppenwitz

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Treppen (stairs) + Witz (wit), literally translated (calque) of French l'esprit de l'escalier.

Noun[edit]

Treppenwitz m (genitive Treppenwitzes, plural Treppenwitze)

  1. "Staircase wit", a devastating rejoinder thought of only after leaving the scene of the debate.

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