June 26, 2001
8:43 AM   Subscribe

Not that this link is of any importance. I just wanted to recognize Schadenfreude as "Word of the Day" today at merriam-webster.com.
posted by 120degrees (11 comments total)
Now, see, you really should have recognized this before, as: "Today, for the 1726th day in a row, schadenfreude failed once again to be recognized as the word of the day. Ha! Serves it right!"
posted by dhartung at 9:55 AM on June 26, 2001

I don't get it. What makes Schadenfreude so special?
posted by Hjorth at 11:15 AM on June 26, 2001

120 degrees, I just wanted to let you know that I gain no schadenfreude in the fact that this post only got 2, no make that 3 comments.
posted by machaus at 1:45 PM on June 26, 2001

Schadenfreude is one of my all-time favorite words. It was my screen name for quite some time.
Machaus, I experience very little schadenfreude in contradicting you as I post this comment.
posted by dong_resin at 1:49 PM on June 26, 2001

yeah, but who's the real slimenfreude schadenfreude?

posted by Kafkaesque at 4:34 PM on June 26, 2001

I don't get it. What makes Schadenfreude so special?

For that, I direct you to some historical MeFi.
posted by iceberg273 at 4:37 PM on June 26, 2001

Actually, americans do have a suitable phrase comparable with schadenfreude: reality television.

And with that, this thread reaches its fruition. Schadenfreude's day in the sun is over.
posted by ZachsMind at 11:41 PM on June 26, 2001

From a european point of view, 'schadenfreude' sounds like a word pretentious elitist americans use when they want to sound smart. It's not a very pretty word. It's German. It's ugly. Get over it.
posted by Hjorth at 2:17 AM on June 27, 2001

Vagina's an ugly sounding word but we like it's meaning right? Hjorth sounds Icelandic and you sound grumpy.
posted by crasspastor at 2:27 AM on June 27, 2001

I'm sorry, but to me, scadenfreude's been there all along. It seems weird that anyone would find that word interesting at all. I didn't mean to sound grumpy.

(BTW: Vagina's a beautiful word.)
posted by Hjorth at 2:45 AM on June 27, 2001

Last month, The Industry Standard discussed (bottom of page) The Schadenfreude Index.
posted by Aaaugh! at 8:36 AM on June 27, 2001

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