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Friday, December 19, 2008

Obnoxious Word of the Day: Schadenfreude

This word is a favorite among bloggers. It also is almost never used in actual conversation. I'm fairly sure it's because the kind of person who uses this word holds a deep abiding fear of pronouncing it incorrectly in the presence of someone who they suspect might be smarter than he/she/it. It's almost never used correctly, either.
"Dictionaries define "schadenfreude," however, as a pleasurable emotion resulting from the misfortune of others, with no implication that this emotion is publicly expressed or actively sought."
I'm also convinced that they only reason bloggers know this word at all is directly attributable to Avenue Q.


At 4:45 PM, December 19, 2008 , Blogger emawkc said...

I'm actually a fan of the word "Freudenshad" -- being dissapointed at the happiness of others.


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