|01-10-2011, 02:56 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Hey, French Speakers
I was reading an old article (The 10 Coolest Foreign Words The English Language Needs | Cracked.com) and wondering how frequently the expression "l'esprit d'escalier" comes up. Is it very commonly used and understood? Because I think every English speaker realizes how badly we need an expression like this one.
|01-10-2011, 03:18 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2010
I once said "camembert" to a French girl who said "ahhh! That time you sounded just like a French person!" After that, I've tried never to utter the word again, because I am absolutely positive that I could not replicate this.
As a general rule, I don't say French words aloud. But I sure am familiar with the esprit d'escalier feeling!
|01-10-2011, 03:25 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: France - Japan - Korea
I'd say it's an expression that's well understood among well-read people, but I don't think it's very frequently used. There's a radio show on Arte Radio (an unapologetically intellectual channel) with that name.
|01-10-2011, 08:30 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2009
hum, I'm well read and that means nothing to me... I never heard it in a conversation. And last time I watched Arte was when I still lived in Belgium (7 years ago) so I never saw the show.
It's like when people ask me about the word tabernacle (or whatever)
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