The French have the right word for everything, including the right word for having the right word too late for it to do you any good. It’s the expression l’esprit d’escalier, which means ”staircase wit,” and refers to the snappy comeback you come up with while you’re trudging, or more likely slinking, down the stairs, verbally defeated.

I’ve been on those stairs. Back in college, a verbal amusement known as “pressies” was briefly in fashion.

As in, “I’m Sign, of the Times.”

And “I’m Left, at the Post.”