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.

Seabeast
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't forget typhoid. Mary Mallon may have had a strong enough immune system to not ever have symptoms, but she killed enough people to earn the title "Typhoid Mary".

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Ben Moss
Community Member
1 month ago

How do these dipshits still not get it? How did education fail to teach them the basic fact that vaccines are exercise for our immune systems?? It’s like war games. It’s training! It makes the immune system stronger! THATS HOW IT F*****G WORKS, people!

Helderder
Community Member
1 month ago

Jup only studies show these vaccins are less effective in people with auto immune diseases. I'm really curious about that. My immune system is allways in overdrive.

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Aleksandra Rusbasan
Community Member
1 month ago

How do vaccines "lower your immune system"? That's like saying working out at the gym lowers your muscular system; It makes no sense.

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

They say that because with the vaccine they insert to you an inactive part of the virus! I really don't understand how they manage to read only one thing of how a vaccine works and they mess so much the rest.... makes no sense! But i guess there is no logic in stupidity!

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Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

Vaccinations, by definition, strengthen your immune system. Anyone who argues otherwise needs to read a dictionary.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Commenter #1 started out with some great advice. But they just couldn’t stop while they were ahead, and had to round out their statement with total unfounded, untreated sewage-quality bullshit. Commenter #2 totally slayed them with verified historical fact. Kudos to Commenter #2.

Sam rice
Community Member
1 month ago

Sanitation and antiseptics weren't a thing then either and wouldn't you know with that and vaccinations life expectancy is longer. Crazy

Marnie
Community Member
1 month ago

Vaccinations, by definition, increase your body's ability to fight off disease, not "lower your immune system".

InfectedVoice
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Medicine and medical knowledge is something that has lowered the mortality rate massively in the last 100 years. Simple.

Orange Juice
Community Member
1 month ago

Vaccines literally boost your immune system. That is the entire point. They create antibodies without actually having the disease.

Jon Steensen
Community Member
1 month ago

To be fair, not everyone died of smallpox. If that was the case, we would not be here today. However everybody had the potential of dying of smallpox, and we have reduced that risc profoundly by vacines.

Seabeast
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

The people who survived often had some pretty horrible effects for the rest of their lives. Ever seen a smallpox vaccination scar on the upper arm of an older person? (I have one!) Imagine hundreds of those scars covering the entire body and face. Imagine someone being blind because the same pustules that caused the skin scars have erupted on their eyeballs. That was smallpox.

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Jo Chrisco
Community Member
1 month ago

Baby boomers were vaccinated for polio at school. We lined up like troops going to war. No one in their right mind would have told the doctors not to vaccinate their kids.

Piper McLean
Community Member
1 month ago

Past: got a fever? Possibly dead. Now: got a fever? That sucks, get well soon.

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
1 month ago

People like this tool need to be taken on a field trip to the cemetery so they can see all the sad little tombstones on the graves of children who died of smallpox and diphtheria, measles and polio back in pre-vaccination times. Next stop after that: Six mandatory hours spent living in an iron lung. It's the sheer arrogant complacency that really gets to me. You didn't personally grow up watching half your siblings succumb to preventable diseases so therefore it was never a problem? Seriously??

Queen Jackson.
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Also, pure water = no minerals and what nots

No.
Community Member
1 month ago

some of those things are true tho (to an extent): washing your hands with soap and water is better at dealing with covid (if you dont have it already), you should drink the purest water you can get by filtering tap water (you dont want lead poisoning, and it tastes better when filtered), and you need to go outside once in a while to get vitamin D.

doggo lover
Community Member
1 month ago

im laughing sooooooooooo hard

Rissie
Community Member
1 month ago

That comeback is uneducated too. You need both. A healthy lifestyle is a great way to boost your immune system and a vaccination is awesome for diseases we just can't fight. And in the times of smallpox good food was not available to many. So. Yeah. Both just STFU.

Giovanna
Community Member
1 month ago

What a great answer

Max Thompson
Community Member
1 month ago

1.3k likes?

Florence Hastings
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s only half true. True, the food was organic and there wasn’t hand sanitizer but they didn’t wash their hands (or anything else). They often didn’t eat properly (too much or too little). And often their clothing wasn’t appropriate for the season. Not saying all vacines are wrong but lets get the facts right folks.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

Choking right now ...

Peter Ledoux
Community Member
1 month ago

Not everyone, somebody told the tale.

Peter Ledoux
Community Member
1 month ago

Being all different there are unknowns. Now they're pushing vaccination. I got mine, you haven't? Talk to you later.

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, but surely that nutjob on the internet knows more than all the doctors on the planet.

Evelyn Houston
Community Member
1 month ago

Not only smallpox, good response.

Duncan
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people believe anything you say. I know people that are sure they have to do something because they were told it works. I often wonder if it is a case of Chinese Whispers handed from person to person and ends in 'purple monkey dishwasher'. [Simpsons fans will get that]

Jacqui Dunn
Community Member
1 month ago

All the OP mentioned are good things, but......so are vaccines. Do them all!!

Paige Garberding
Community Member
1 month ago

Antivaxxer's have no science on their side. Their world view is based on one quack doctor who lied about his research, then published it in a credible medical journal where peer review exposed his fraud. But antivaxxers have such a burning desire to think they have the answers to their kids' autism, they live on wishful thinking.

Audra Berkley
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone died of smallpox? It's a wonder there are any people left in the world!

Evelyn Haskins
Community Member
1 month ago

If one doen't trust vaccines, then one should never you contraception. Let the babies die AFTER they ae born!

RUBAYY
Community Member
1 month ago

Dont drink pure water lmao

Michael Beswick
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a shame that organic food doesn't seem to increase life expectancy.

Steve
Community Member
1 month ago

So far this is the ONLY devastating come back. The others are pretty lame.

David Gripon
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone?

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

Anyone that stupid should be put on a rocket to the sun.

Isaac Harvey
Community Member
1 month ago

In an alternate reality, everyone died because of people like this one.

Keyy
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS ONE !!! lol

Roxy Eastland
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone??

Helderder
Community Member
1 month ago

I just received the invitation for the vaccin. Will contact my specialist to check her opinion.

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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)

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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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