The French phrase 'esprit d'escalier means 'the wit of the staircase', and usually refers to
the perfect witty response you think up after the conversation or
argument is ended.
People often wish they could improve their computer skills, or develop abs of steel. I wish for a Teflon spirit and a quicker command of the comeback line. Tessa suggested that we put together a "comeback dictionary" for me. Any suggestions?