Monday, February 28, 2011

Word of the Week - Schadenfreude

Perhaps I ought to start with a pronunciation guide of this one, eh? ;-)

Schadenfreude (SHAHD-en-FROY-de) is something we've all probably felt, and felt the sting of. Loosely defined, it's a noun meaning 'malicious satisfaction taken at the misfortune of others.'

When I discovered this word, I got quite a kick out of it, because a joke between David (then fiance) and my family was "It's funny when it happens to somebody else." Though schadenfreude is on the negative side of that, it was nevertheless a perfect one-word way to say the same thing. =)

There, see, you learned a fun new word today. (Unless you already knew it, but . . .)

Happy Monday, everyone!


  1. Yeah, I guess that one doesn't help you flex your English, does it? ;-)

  2. I didn't know it and never would have guessed what it meant if I heard it! You picked a great one this week :)