Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Word of the day

Schadenfreude (n.)

Pronunciation: shä-den-froi-de (click here to hear the pronunciation)

A malicious sense of personal satisfaction, delight or enjoyment in observing or hearing of the misfortunes of others.
Etymology: German, from Schaden (damage) + Freude (joy)


You'd kind of think, given the nature of American pop culture, that more people would know this word. Try saying it out loud. Go ahead, it's fun to say! Add it to your vocabulary today!

2 comments:

Andrew Andrew said...

Have you heard the Schadenfreude song from the "Avenue Q" soundtrack? Good stuff.

Sarah said...

I LOVE the Avenue Q Soundtrack! Very many good songs on that one.(Several hundred more cool points are hereby awarded to Andrew Andrew for his superior knowledge of all things awesome!)