Word of the Week Wednesday: schadenfreude


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is from the German compound word for harm and joy.  It describes the feeling in taking pleasure in someone else’s misfortune.

It was in relatively popular usage some time back.

While it actually sounds pretty mean and petty, and can be, I’ve often heard it used with a certain feeling of justification.  In the sense that it’s actually a feeling of satisfaction at the cosmic justice of someone getting their richly deserved comeuppance.  For instance, seeing a motorcyclist who’s been weaving in and out of traffic get pulled over for a ticket.

 

 

 

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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