Monthly Archives: December 2016

Esprit de Bain

You know the phrase “esprit de l’escalier”? Literally it means “spirit of the staircase” or “staircase wit”. It was coined by the French philosopher Denis Diderot to describe the situation when you discover the perfect reply only after you have … Continue reading

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By George!

Every day, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography sends me an e-mail containing an entry from the Dictionary. Recently I received the entry about Phyllis Dixey (1914-1964), the English striptease artiste. After making her start in the chorus line, Phyllis … Continue reading

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