One of the more frustrating things while talking is being stuck for something to say. Or, even worse, experiencing what the French describe as L’esprit de l’escalier, spirit of the stairs, stairway wit. Thinking of the perfect thing to say after you’ve left the perfect moment to say it. Very few humans have the natural ability to turn a phrase in the moment with wit, poise and nonjerkfacedness. I suppose about the same percentages as those who can run a marathon every day or wear bolo ties without looking like a tool. Notable examples of flawless speakers are folks like Jesus, Benjamin Franklin and people from England. But, for the rest of us, we will always be plagued by moments in which we ‘got nothing.’ In attempt to ease the pain of these situations I would like to offer five phrases that can be used as a response to absolutely anything that is said to you.
1. That’s what she said.
2. I got your __________, right here.
3. If you know what I mean.
4. You’re a ________________ .
5. Excuse me, I really have to pee.
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