Tuesday, February 26, 2008


or one of my absolute favorite German words/terms/ideas...

Pronunciation: \ˈshä-dən-ˌfrȯi-də\
Function: noun
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
Date: 1895

As in, the emotion you are feeling RIGHT NOW after learning that the UT Men's Basketball team was just UPSET by Vanderbilt, 72-69. We all know it was just a day after being ranked #1 in a few national polls...

(and just three days after beating our previously ranked #1 Tigers!)

Another phrase with a meaning similar to Schadenfreude is Delectatio Morosa (Latin), meaning "the habit of dwelling with enjoyment on evil thoughts".

The national media can have a field day with this one--one team from East Tennessee beats a team from West Tennessee only to lose to a team from Middle Tennessee a couple days later.

All I know is I am having a serious case of SCHADENFREUDE right about NOW!

*insert Nelson's HA HA! laugh here*


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They came on the PA at work and told the score of the game...I think EVERYONE started cheering....I know I did


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