You know the feeling. You get into an argument with someone, the two of you are going at each other back and forth, and they get you so riled up that you suddenly can't think of a good comeback until long after the fight is over.

There's actually a French term for this called l'esprit de l'escalier. It describes the feeling you get when you come up with the perfect reply after the fact.

We've all been there. It's devastating.

So let's take a moment and pay our respects to and celebrate the really good comebacks—the ultimate expressions of wit and cleverness. Taken from the appropriately titled subreddit r/MurderedByWords, here are some of the best ways people have ended their disagreements.

#1

A Very Important Point

A Very Important Point

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Same goes for wearing a cup too then, right?

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#2

Deutscher Patriotismus vs. American Patriotism

Deutscher Patriotismus vs. American Patriotism

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Marianne
Community Member
1 month ago

As a German, I can fully back this!

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#3

"Educate Your Self"

"Educate Your Self"

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Say it louder for the ones in the back. Not that they listen to sense.

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#4

That’s A Stupid Reason To Ban Transgender People

That’s A Stupid Reason To Ban Transgender People

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

What does being transgender have to do with trust. Makes no sense to me.

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#5

Anti Vaxxer Pretends To Be Educated

Anti Vaxxer Pretends To Be Educated

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

And polio, measles, pneumonia, diptheria, influenza? Oh and that pesky Bubonic Plague. A healthy gut sure worked there.

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#6

Just Try Not Being Straight For Awhile

Just Try Not Being Straight For Awhile

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember this from a few weeks ago! After all, ii did say I wanted to, given its a brilliant comeback :D

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#7

The Best Putdowns Come From The Truth

The Best Putdowns Come From The Truth

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

WIN

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#8

This Comeback Belongs In The Hall Of Fame

This Comeback Belongs In The Hall Of Fame

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

Seems like for some people the concept of consent is a pretty hard one to grasp...

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#9

In The Interests Of Public Safety

In The Interests Of Public Safety

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Self control is not a concept understood by the WCCM above

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#10

I'd Expect No Less At Dollar General

I'd Expect No Less At Dollar General

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

PRICELESS.

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#11

Bye Bye Trash!!

Bye Bye Trash!!

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

He himself is both a boob and an ass. If he can find a like minded friend they'd make an interesting pair 😂

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#12

Waddaya Say, Then?

Waddaya Say, Then?

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

What is the appeal of these shows?

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#13

Honestly, You're Not Important Enough To Be Microchipped

Honestly, You're Not Important Enough To Be Microchipped

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

I ask again...why would they give us FREE microchips with our vaccinations? If they wanted to microchip us you'd better believe they're going to make us pay for it too.

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#14

"I Don’t Understand Marches"

"I Don’t Understand Marches"

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Monday
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

How does Tomi still have a job? I feel like I could write a bloody book about the moronic things I've seen from her on this website alone...Did she just never learn how to think...or at the very least google...before she speaks/posts?

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#15

Your Bigotry Is Showing

Your Bigotry Is Showing

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 month ago

Stuff like this also shows how mentally stuck in the past conservatives are. They honestly think scenes like this will actually scare people as much it scares them.

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#16

America, F**k Yeah!

America, F**k Yeah!

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

It's sad that someone let alone a child needs to do this. This is a government and school funding issue.

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#17

Babies Are Not A Plaything

Babies Are Not A Plaything

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

Regardless of context, I think the reply was justified. As someone who can't have kids, I am sick to the back teeth of people asking me when and why we don't have kids. Mind your own business.

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#18

Girls Have Ankles Too

Girls Have Ankles Too

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labaguette🥖️‍🥖️‍
Community Member
1 month ago

The dry answer.

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#19

Tomi Lahren

Tomi Lahren

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fu yu
Community Member
1 month ago

Burn!

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#20

$10 To Clean The Bathroom?!

$10 To Clean The Bathroom?!

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

7 out of ten dollars? Smh is that really what they think? I pay around 19-21% and get a lot of it back in tax credits. Do you think it's the 'ism' that makes ppl think socialism is communism? We could always try calling it socialocracy

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#21

Let's Blame Children's Knees For Making Men Uncomfortable

Let's Blame Children's Knees For Making Men Uncomfortable

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Do they not filter out the weirdos who apply to be teachers? Or are they just good at hiding it?

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#22

God Is A White Man

God Is A White Man

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Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

Funny, I've read the Bible many times, and have yet to come across the chapter and verse where God mandates that white men be in the majority. Anyone?

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#23

America Was Not Started By Protestors!

America Was Not Started By Protestors!

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

Or taxation without representation?

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#24

Who Knows What They Put In "Food" Anyway?

Who Knows What They Put In "Food" Anyway?

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

I heard he apparently was breathing air in those two weeks, so hold ur breath and I'll get back to u asap....

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#25

So Cold It Burns

So Cold It Burns

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a freezer burn there fella

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#26

Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

This, right? Taking strangers pics is not very subtle! Especially this well framed, poor dude. Now I wonder about genders reversed: guy taking picture of young woman with such inference? Well if I find that creepy (which I do), then by all logic this is equally as creepy (which it is)

magnadar
Community Member
1 month ago

It sure is creepy

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the redqueen
Community Member
1 month ago

I swear, for a minute, I thought it was one of those Sprouse boys, the twins?

BeckyC
Community Member
1 month ago

It certainly looks like them!

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh, this is one of my worst nightmares. I would hate to have my photo taken or video done and put online. There really should be a law against this.

Fives
Community Member
1 month ago

there is isnt there?

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like he's desperately trying to pretend the creepy chick taking pictures of him, isn't there.

Iggy
Community Member
1 month ago

Definitely. He knows what she's doing and is understandably annoyed.

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Justin Seagull
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand why some people are so comfortable taking pictures of complete strangers. Even when I accidentally filmed someone when I'm photographing other things, I'll feel awkward. And doesn't it violate someone's right of being portraited.

Reagan Maher
Community Member
1 month ago

Am I the only one who thinks this looks exactly like Cole Sprouse

Agnieszka Stachow
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm thinking Dylan :)

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Imma
Community Member
1 month ago

It is creepy to take a photo of a stranger but it is more creepier to post it online. It is a totally different thing than to just share it private with a friend. And I'm not even sure if that would be a proper thing to do either.

Debbie
Community Member
1 month ago

And then a site like Bored Panda shares his image even further...

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Confused Flamingo
Community Member
1 month ago

This is dylan sprouse 💀

Duchess Raven Waves
Community Member
1 month ago

He kinda looks like a sprouse.

Agnieszka Stachow
Community Member
1 month ago

He is one :)

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Lovey Dove
Community Member
1 month ago

can we talk about how legendary the replier's profile picture is

Bernardita Valdés
Community Member
1 month ago

Ppl, dont do the this to others. Its invasive, disrespectfull, and selfish. Respect other peoples privacy.

Isaac7lego
Community Member
1 month ago

ugh!!!! I would be freaked out if I was him!!

A.J Milne
Community Member
1 month ago

Why does the guy kinda look like Dylan/Cole Sprouse?

Rustyn Birch
Community Member
1 month ago

Aaaahhh, the double standard here is insane...

BabaBizzle
Community Member
1 month ago

He looks like a kid not a man and unless this stalker freak is a touch screen, I highly doubt he would notice her even if she was on fire.

Just A Passing Parrot
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

He is probably looking at wikiHow trying to find out how to keep a creepy lady away from him

TrashPandaSociety
Community Member
1 week ago

He looks like that kid from Disney channel. But yeah....stop being a creeper.

Dolly_of TheCowboy
Community Member
1 month ago

Whatever happened to...*notice cute person in public place*...*look briefly and look away from them so as not to stare and make them uncomfortable*.. *go on with your day and let them go on with their day in peace*? Looking at you Costanza...

QUINCY—PLUTO
Community Member
1 month ago

STALKER ALERT

QUINCY—PLUTO
Community Member
1 month ago

I REPEAT STALKER. ALERT.

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Pirate Captain
Community Member
1 month ago

That guy is literally Dylan Sprouse.

Rory Ell
Community Member
1 month ago

is that a 3ds

Orange Juice
Community Member
1 month ago

Dang! Roasted. But she kind of deserved it...

birdie
Community Member
1 month ago

kinda looks like cole/dylan sprouse?!!

*Sam*
Community Member
1 month ago

I love how he is sitting on the opposite side of the bus away from his personal stalker...as far away as he can get is best :)

Paradise
Community Member
1 month ago

He is looking because he knows you're looking at him because he is a minor celebrity. (One of the Sprouse brothers)

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 month ago

He definitely wasn’t looking at her with any interest. See her pic.

Alex Mont
Community Member
1 month ago

Doubt it

Debbie Lavender
Community Member
1 month ago

it’s her brother

A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

What is she, 3?

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

It is wrong if a guy takes a photo of a girl, but it is right if a girl takes a photo of a guy.

Tabby_Sohee
Community Member
1 month ago

We’re all here literally saying it’s wrong -

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Dhukath
Community Member
1 month ago

The only way this could have been better is if the reply was from the guy!

Imposmate
Community Member
1 month ago

Let the man play his 3DS

Sean Harrison
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, but if the man was looking at her she would be complaining about him "objectifying" her and that he was raping her with his eyes.

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Community Member
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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This is Cole sprouse right??? I’d take a photo not going to lie cos that is uncanny

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#27

There's No Vaccination For That

There's No Vaccination For That

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month ago

What's sad is that her children have to suffer for her to be proven an idiot.

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#28

I'll Bet They Do, At Least The Senior Ncos

I'll Bet They Do, At Least The Senior Ncos

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh the irony.

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#29

Gas Pump (Doesn't) Go Brrrrr

Gas Pump (Doesn't) Go Brrrrr

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Perry Sologia
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was a kid working at a gas station, if the power failed, you cranked it by hand. Lot of years ago, mind

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#30

Something About Bootstraps

Something About Bootstraps

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Hah well said. Wurdered!

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#31

Not Sure You Are Doing It Right

Not Sure You Are Doing It Right

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Make sure you tell surgeons this lol.

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#32

Exercise By Jumping Into Conclusion

Exercise By Jumping Into Conclusion

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Fives
Community Member
1 month ago

Dumbass.

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#33

“We Follow Biblical Rules”

“We Follow Biblical Rules”

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labaguette🥖️‍🥖️‍
Community Member
1 month ago

The word “homosexual” wasn’t added into the Bible until 1942. Can we not hide behind religion to excuse our homophobia, thank you.

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#34

And This Is The Truth

And This Is The Truth

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LesAnimaux
Community Member
1 month ago

That's livin' on the edge

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#35

That'll Show Them!

That'll Show Them!

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Facepalm squared

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#36

No Second Chances For Her!

No Second Chances For Her!

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

Superficial bitch

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#37

Can't Say Much, Can We?

Can't Say Much, Can We?

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

America is number 1 in education in America

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#38

Why Even Publish This Story?

Why Even Publish This Story?

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just f****d up.

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#39

Nice Try

Nice Try

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Eric Law
Community Member
1 month ago

If you're talking about 2016 to 2020, your sign was the presidential seal.

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#40

Complete Slam Dunk From This Dude

Complete Slam Dunk From This Dude

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Rick
Community Member
1 month ago

Alexa: “Sorry, I don’t know that one”.

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