Your Daily Dose of Schadenfreude

It’s the day before Thanksgiving! I am so grateful that the wind is blowing and the weather is gorgeous, that house is clean and the windows are open, and that the Catholic Church has never explicitly condemned schadenfreude as a sin*. (I’m also eternally grateful for that episode of Boston Legal where James Spader explained what schadenfreude is, thereby enlightening the unwashed masses<—(me).)

Because I’d like you to be as happy and schadenfreudey as I am, here you go. Here’s an excerpt from HuffPo’s list of 21 People Who Should Have Googled It.

See the whole list here, and happy schadenfreuding**!

 

*If you get into my combox and lecture me about charity, I will get into my combox and make virtual faces at you until you lighten up. If you quote the Catechism at me, I will quote something back, and it will not be from a holy book.

 

**This word is endlessly versatile and can be used as any part of speech, because it’s a word the Germans made up, so rules of English grammar do not apply. Feel free to abuse it in any way you see fit. But don’t forget the c or switch the e and the u, or I’ll make sure everyone notices it and thinks you’re pretentious. And for God’s sake, don’t mention that you only know what the word means because you saw that re-run of Boston Legal. That’s just sad.

         -Kisses,

The Grammar Fairy

 

  • jen

    “schadenfreude” is one of my favorite words.

  • Josh

    I know your affinity for certain commas and swear words, so I’ll share my favorite one of these things: http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Last_eb61bc_1466883.jpg [Language warning]

    • Calah Alexander

      That is hilarious. Seriously, people.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    I love how the Germans can use one word to sum up that whole concept. I’m also happy to discover that chicken isn’t meat. I should tell the grocery store. They keep putting it beside the pork chops.


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