April 4, 2006

Word of the Day

schadenfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\, noun:

A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others.

2 comments:

Erin said...

Sounds German.
[goes and checks the link]
I KNEW it, those bastards. How dare they come up with a word that goes with my evil cackle! I suppose they expect me to memorize it then? Well, I won't give them the satisfaction! (I suppose they also have a word for the malicious satisfaction obtained at the expense of people who really don't care whether you are satisfied or not. Because I am feeling maliciously satisfied, but I suspect no one really cares.)

hirnstrom said...

I'm sorry, I have to disappoint you on that one. You can push complexity only so far.