Treppenwitz

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Treppenwitz (noun): Coming up with the perfect comeback after the moment has passed. Literally "staircase wit."

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Silent at a stoplight on the passenger side
Mentally rephrasing ways to say 'thanks for the ride'
We both know you'd rather push me under the wheel
I've already breached the terms of my last appeal

Now I know what should've said then
But I won't get that chance again

Please don't think I'm trying to be flip
It's not a riposte or a comeback or quip
I choose my words carefully to be clear
Nothing's funny 'bout what's happening here

And I know what should've said then
But I won't get that chance again

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from Loanwords, released December 12, 2012

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