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Friday word: Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude (n):

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!"

(from Merriam-Webster's list "10 favorite words from foreign languages")

Tags: german, noun, s, wordsmith: med_cat
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