Words at Play : Favorite Words From Foreign Languages

#5: Schadenfreude

Language of Origin:

German

About the Word:

The German Schaden means "damage"; Freude means "joy"; the compound Schadenfreude means "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others."

As the Schadenfreude song from Avenue Q puts it: "And when I see how sad you are / It sort of makes me... / Happy!"

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April 18, 2015
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to veil, ripple, or meander
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