Treppenwitz

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EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

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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