What does GIWIST stand for?

Gee, I wish I’d said that

Have you ever had a moment where you thought of the perfect thing to say… but only after the conversation was over? That’s where the slang term GIWIST comes in handy. It’s an acronym that stands for “Gee, I Wish I’d Said That.”

Let’s say your friend sends you a hilarious text. You respond with, “GIWIST. Hilarious!” This is a fun way of indicating that you wish you had thought of that joke yourself. It’s a term loaded with a mix of admiration and a smidge of envy.

There are countless situations where you might use GIWIST. Maybe your partner tells you how you could have handled a rude comment from your supervisor, and you reply, “GIWIST. I should have dealt with it that way instead of keeping quiet.” This indicates your regret for not responding in a more assertive or clever way.

There’s also a similar term – GIWISI (Gee, I Wish I’d Said It). It’s pretty much the same as GIWIST but replaces “that” with “it.” It’s another way of expressing the same sentiment of wishing you had been the one to come up with a particularly witty or insightful comment.

So, the next time you’re kicking yourself for not coming up with the perfect response in the moment, remember the term GIWIST. It’s a fun and straightforward way of expressing that feeling of “I wish I’d thought of that!”

Example for using ‘GIWIST’ in a conversation

Hey, guess what? I bumped into our old high school teacher today.

Oh wow, really? What did they say?

They told me that they always knew I’d end up doing something great with my life.

GIWIST! That’s such a nice thing to hear. You’ve come a long way since high school.