I love the perfect comeback. In fact, I wrote a whole novel about the desire of a woman to deliver a perfect one.
I'm also famous amongst my friends and colleagues for having the perfect comeback at my fingertips at all times. It's not uncommon for someone to ask for a comeback for a situation that they recently experienced or expect to experience soon.
"What would you say...? is a question I get a lot.
I suspect that this ability is partly the result of having grown up in a home where I was constantly verbally sparring with a less-than-ideal stepfather.
It may also be the result of my desire to win at all costs and my willingness to step beyond what is often considered reasonable or appropriate in order to secure a victory.
But I also prepare comebacks whenever I can so I am ready when one is needed. I see or hear a frequently-made argument and prepare myself for the moment that the argument is presented to me. These prepared comebacks are often in response to political talking points, common complaints and refrains, and the like.
I also listen for outstanding comebacks and incorporate them into my own repertoire whenever possible.
Last week I heard a brilliant one at the Patriots game.
A few seats over from me, a man was apparently flirting with a woman seated in front of him. At one point she turned around and said, "Look, I'm married. And I already had sex today!"
There's nothing better than a comeback that utilizes facts, courage, and humor to eviscerate an opponent.