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

Rick
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, is this recent? I assumed it was a newspaper clipping from the 90s.

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Artoonist Corine
Community Member
1 month ago

Did anyone notice she "forgot his birthday for the past three years..."!!! Gay, straight - does not matter - that mom sucks!

Tracey Hirt
Community Member
1 month ago

But she has “a busy work schedule,” so that makes it ok, right? I mean, he’s just her son. Her job is IMPORTANT!

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Louise B
Community Member
1 month ago

I just cannot express how much I love that answer!

David Blake
Community Member
1 month ago

If your church makes fun of you because your son is gay...you're going to the wrong church.💁

WolfGirl23
Community Member
1 month ago

Does no one care how she forgot his birthday for the past THREE YEARS!?

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

Methinks she didn't forget it.

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Mazer
Community Member
1 month ago

To start with - How the (insert foul language here) do you “forget” your kids birthday three years in a row? It all goes downhill from there

Seabeast
Community Member
1 month ago

Three years. This idiot forgot his/her own child's birthday for three. whole. years. From age 14 on.

noralin
Community Member
1 month ago

Do you believe everything you read?

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If I could I would live under water
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the answer, perfect comeback. I would also love to have seen mom's reaction to this

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Link to original article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/ask-amy-parent-pressures-gay-son-to-change/2013/11/12/a46984d0-4815-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_story.html

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magnadar
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

She forgot his birthday 3 years in a row? How?

Anita Pickle
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow there was a lot to unpack there. Poor kid.

Angelica Schuyler
Community Member
1 month ago

I now like Amy Dickinson even though I don’t have an idea who she is.

Niamh Gallagher Kerr
Community Member
1 month ago

What a wonderful mother! Not. She definitely sounds toxic not only in her treatment of her son when he came out but also for forgetting about her son's birthday for 3 years. I hope he's doing ok.

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone once asked Miss Manners what to say when introduced to a gay couple. Her response? "How do you do? How do you do?"

Nyneva Kyte
Community Member
1 month ago

THREE YEARS?!!!!

Valley Girl
Community Member
1 month ago

While he's at it, he's to damn tall! Spiteful kid! Shrink damnit!

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
1 month ago

How can you forget your own son's birthday for three years??!!! Some parent!

BAN CAPITAL LETTERS
Community Member
1 month ago

how do you forget your son's birthday three years in a row

Kate Micheals
Community Member
1 month ago

F**k yeah Amy! She is my new sprit animal!

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
1 month ago

This demonstrates such frightening stupidity that I find myself automatically questioning it's legitimacy.

Norah Reilly
Community Member
1 month ago

OMG! Too beautiful.

AndersM
Community Member
1 month ago

Snap! Great answer

Mike Loux
Community Member
1 month ago

Brilliant.

Natalia Shoemark
Community Member
1 month ago

Good answer!!!!!!

LesAnimaux
Community Member
1 month ago

This is brilliant!

Leisa K
Community Member
1 month ago

I love this so much.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
1 month ago

Naturally people want to belong, they don't want to be different, especially teenagers - peer pressure - why is it so hard to understand that homosexuality is not a choice?

Carrie Phelps
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s all about her. This poor child has bigger problems than this, with a narcissist for a mother

Noel Benavente
Community Member
1 month ago

What a nice church group... my answer would be: 1st if you are on a group that make fun about your child sent them to hell and stop meeting them. They are sick people.

Josurf
Community Member
1 month ago

For years on end I believed religion was there to teach people to be tolerant and loving and understanding, and also to forgive.... then I turned 12 and realised it was all a big hoax....

i'll sleep when im dead
Community Member
1 month ago

shots fired

okpkpkp
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect. Funny and perfect.

ZonkeY_the_DonkeY
Community Member
1 month ago

You can't decide what gender you are dimwits

Lisa Hall
Community Member
1 month ago

Snap! That's what I'm talking about!!!!

QUINCY—PLUTO
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

EXCUSE ME- IF YOU FORGOT YOUR OWN SONS BIRTHDAY FOR A FREAKING 3 YEARS THEN NO ONE WOULD FORGIVE YOU MAAM NOW IF YOUR SON IS HOMOSEXUAL AND YOUR PART OF A VHURCH GROUP LET HIM BE!! THE SHOULD NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED DURING THE 2000s SO GO HOME WOMAN GO. HOME.

Evelyn Houston
Community Member
1 month ago

Good advice.

Asper Rated
Community Member
1 month ago

They love the idea of a church more then the reality of their own child.

Ocean
Community Member
1 month ago

bruh this "feeling betrayed" woman is a karen. she's dumb for thinking gay is wrong. i personally love gay peeps (i think they r cute together)

Teresa Spanics
Community Member
1 month ago

Excellent savage comeback!

Sam Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m a Christian and don’t support homosexuality, but to try and force them to change it is wrong, because someone will interpret it as them being attacked and hated.

Paige Garberding
Community Member
1 month ago

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{standing ovation}}}}}}}}}}}

EchoRise
Community Member
1 month ago

Amy, ask Amy, the girl who has the last name Dickinson. D**k-in-son. Just me who realized that? Yeah? Ok, I’ll leave…..yes Karen I know where the door is, wait you are leaving too? Ok, yeah I understand why.

Coleen
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a trolling letter. The columnist took the bait.

Son of Philosoraptor
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect answer... But given the Missed His Birthday lines in the first letter, it's pretty obviously not a real letter from someone.

Michael Beswick
Community Member
1 month ago

It's funny how they disagree with how God created their son, just because they disapprove of his sexuality

Space Whale Warrior
Community Member
1 month ago

lol I read this too

Viviane
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmmmm... Hadn't thought there might be a connection between my husband having gay rumours and me forgetting his birthday...

Gay Llama
Community Member
1 month ago

I came out o my mom recently by accident. She thinks it's a sin and that I'm too young to know anyway

Demon Child
Community Member
1 month ago

he will not stop being gay¨ yeah lady cuz its definitely a choice 😒

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch. Better get some Boomerang Nebula to put on that.

A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

sToP BeIng gAy.

-Asexual_Demigod-
Community Member
1 month ago

oh, no. He won't stop being gay

Sally Appleton
Community Member
1 month ago

This is definitely rage bait

Vic 404
Community Member
1 month ago

A classic.

Gabriel Gomez
Community Member
1 month ago

i'm lesbian.

CowboyHank
Community Member
1 month ago

Really good point there

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Hodor! Hodor?
Community Member
1 month ago

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Be thankful he hasn't jumped on the band wagon & said some crap like 'I'm non binary'

Orange Juice
Community Member
1 month ago

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I don't really like the whole thing. I don't understand why someone would want to be a different gender or be attracted to someone of the same gender. For some people, it could be a real thing, but I think for a lot of people, it's just a trend that everyone is following.

Lisa Mcateer
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone should have told me. I've been stuck in this trend for 20 years. If I'd have known it was a fad I'd have still been myself. Think I'll remain quite happily loving my Mrs

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Millar
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1 month ago

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This is a troll

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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)

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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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