Saturday, February 12, 2011


A noun. From German Schadenfreude, from Schaden (damage, harm) + Freude (joy)
Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else's misfortune.

Schadenfreude pronounced 'sharden-froid-eh'. I first learned this word from reading Will Ferguson's hilarious book Happiness. It comes to mind again when I think of the now former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. There is no English version of Schadenfreude, so you can go around saying it to your heart's content and not be accused of sounding pretentious (or German).

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