4L’esprit d’escalier


Do you often think about the best retort ever, but only after you left the room? The French have the best word for it: l’esprit d’escalier, which literally means “staircase wit”. Sometimes, untranslatable French words can seem philosophical…



Sure, people might say that flâner can be easily translated with to wander. But flâner is much more than that: it’s a beautiful word to describe the subtle art of wandering a city with no goal or final destination. Flâner means you just want to experience and soak up the different vibes of a place.



Voilà is such a versatile word! It means “there it is” and you can use it to show something, to make a point or to end a sentence when you don’t know how to wrap it up.