l'esprit de l'escalier

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l'esprit de l'escalier

A French phrase meaning "the wit of the staircase," a perfect witty remark, retort, or rejoinder that occurs to one after the fact or too late to be used. (Also written as "l'esprit d'escalier.") I was on the bus home long after being tongue-lashed by my boss when I thought of the perfect things to say that would take him down a few pegs. Ah, l'esprit de l'escalier!
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STEEPED IN HISTORY Marjorie tackles the Escalier du Roi d'Aragon in Bonifacio, above
Le nom SCALA, qui vient du latin qui signifie "marche" ou "escalier", convient parfaitement.
A cutout photograph of Johns's own face peers out of Johns Flag Above "White Ground, 1967-68; Duchamp Nu descendant un escalier, 1968, a filmic version of Duchamp's famous pre-readymade painting starring Sturtevant and Deborah Hay, puts Sturtevant in the figurative roles of Pygmalion and Galatea all at once; and Haring Untitled, 1987, appears related to Haring's murals in name alone.
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Escalier de tour: Ce que les surrealistes francais aimaient au cinema en 1930.
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We wandered around the medieval city center and climbed the 187 hand-carved steps of the Escalier du Roi cisAragon stairway to the sea.
If we return to Bachelard's example of the staircase, we could, depending on the context, interpret the avatar of the "figure on the staircase" as a mythological conceptual persona (the shaman ascending into the realm of the spirits) and an aesthetic figure (expressing an erotic affection--see, for instance, Marcel Duchamp's Nu descendant un escalier no.
A l'entree, le visiteur peut du coup decouvrir un escalier montant vers la salle estivale puis la salle principale.
But Vincent had already begun to make portraits that spoke to his political conception of the genre earlier that summer, and although he generally shipped his paintings to Theo in Paris once they were fully dried, he elected to hold back at least two works that he felt would be appropriate to adorn his work space: a half-length portrait of his friend the postman, Joseph Roulin (Figure 6), and the second portrait of a local peasant, Patience Escalier (Figure 7).
C'est pourquoi nous avons retenu la definition suivante: habitation urbaine, principalement, mais pas uniquement, de type locatif (19), construite avec l'intention de loger plusieurs familles (20), comprenant au moins deux etages, dont au moins trois appartements ont une entree privee donnant sur un couloir, un vestibule, un escalier ou un ascenseur commun a l'interieur (21) et permettant aux locataires d'un appartement de mener une vie a l'ecart des locataires des autres appartements de l'immeuble, en raison de la presence (22) d'une cuisine et d'une salle de bains comprenant une toilette et une baignoire ou une douche (23).
Nu descendant un escalier oh sun, my pony, do you really think i would