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  • n. Wisdom which comes after the event.
  • n. The lack of forethought.
  • n. A good comeback one thinks of after leaving a social gathering.


From after- +β€Ž wit. (Wiktionary)


  • After the accident, more than an afterwit official said to the media, β€œChina has about 20,000 to 30,000 cases of various infectious diseases reported daily and more than 6 million reported cases annually.

    China: EV71 Outbreak in China Sparks Criticisms


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  • Uh, yeah, sure, "Oui" or whatever...

    May 12, 2008

  • Otherwise known as l'esprit d'escalier.

    May 12, 2008

  • That witty comeback you thought of long after the conversation had ended.

    May 12, 2008

  • "Knowledge gained too late to do any good" – i.e. when one has already behaved like an aftertwit.

    May 11, 2008

  • whichbe : Edit the comment, then save. After you do, a little delete link should appear.

    May 11, 2008

  • How do I delete a duplicate comment? (How fitting a question for this word.)

    May 11, 2008

  • Knowledge gained too late to do any good. Also see tintiddle.

    May 11, 2008