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Friday, November 17, 2006

A rule of thumb

You know the feeling of l'esprit d'escalier, of thinking of the perfect comeback too late?

But when you think about it, who's to say what's perfect? The stairway comeback might meet or exceed all your requirements, but can you be sure you aren't a few minutes away from an even better comeback? Maybe l'esprit du trottoir will have it all over l'esprit d'escalier.

Making a conscious effort to make the good comeback the enemy of the perfect comeback would cut down on comebacks, which wouldn't be an altogether bad thing.