l'esprit de l'escalier

l'esprit de l'escalier (French) is one of those great words that doesn't have a meaning in English. I love finding words like this, learning things that don't even have a word, but I know what it means and I can relate to it, and understand it.  L'esprit de l'escalier is a way to describe that feeling you get when you think of the perfect thing to say, but it's too late. The perfect zinger, the most witty retort...just something appropriately fitting for the situation. But the moment is gone!

Here are some more words that don't exist in the English language, but you know exactly what they mean.

I think my favorite are the first three! Which do you like?

ciao, xo


  1. haha,,
    i love this too. it's amazing there's jayus in this list (since i'm from indonesia). i love that swedish word - mangata. and that one, goya.

  2. Ugh I unfortunately tell Jayuses a lot. Fail, haha!

    <3, Charlotte

  3. "Cheap" is also a word that doesn't exist in French. I kind of love that...

  4. there should definitely be a word for "Jayus" in English, haha!
    Becky xx


  5. L'esprit de l'escalier is definitely my favourite, I discovered it on pinterest a while ago and it's stuck in my head! After that I really like the Japanese one, such a lovely thing to have a word for. Thanks for the follow, I've followed you back!