Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Schadenfreude



I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because they've promised me a $30 gift card for mentioning it - which makes this post a piece of paid writing! I need as many of those as I can get.
(It informed me I hadn't plaigerised this but wasn't overly keen on my punctuation! (too much of it do you think?))*

Schadenfreude is my husband's favourite word. (Does anyone else have a favourite word?) It's German really, but the English like to acquire foreign words and make them our own by pronouncing them incorrectly.

It means to take pleasure from someone else's misfortune. I don't do that (unless the person particularly deserves their horrible fate) but sometimes, even as I'm doing my best to help, I think 'that would make a good story'. (Does anyone else do that? If so, then maybe this competition will be of interest.)

* Yep that was it.** I tried adding more and got a worse score.

** It has a point!

40 comments:

  1. Hmmm, I don't think I have a favorite word...

    I don't take pleasure from someone else's misfortune, either. Well, unless they're my characters! ;)

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    1. Sometimes I feel bad when I make horrible stuff happen to my characters, Heather - but sometimes it's fun.

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  2. I love the opposite to schadenfreude: gluckschmerz (pain at another's luck)! It's what Andy would have felt on Sunday I'd he'd lost the match!

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    1. That's a good word, Frances. I have sometimes been a little guilty of that.

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    2. But isn't it reassuring to know there's a word for it? Then at least we're not alone!

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  3. Good wood, but a bit of a mouthful. I like words that immediately conjure up images. At the moment these keep cropping up in my stories: bumble, tumble and tingle.

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    1. Those words do indeed conjure images, Tracy.

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  4. I don't have a favourite word, but I have a favourite place name. Narkers - it makes me laugh whenever we drive past it :-) I've never thought of your posts as being overly punctuated, better to have a bit too much than none at all!

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    1. I've always found the name Lower Upham amusing, Annalisa.

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  5. I love that word! My favourite words change depending on the mood I'm in :-) x

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    1. Mine too, Teresa. Actually my favourite anything depends on my mood.

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  6. Crepuscule... if you'll excuse my French!

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    1. It's old French, Wendy so I'll let you off.

      (OK, I admit I googled it and it doesn't mean what I thought it did)

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  7. I like "defenestration." It means "to throw someone or something out of a window." *grin*

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  8. I love the word 'eclipse' for the way it sounds and the meanings it conjures up. My daughter's current favourite word is discombobulate. We both like 'defenestration' as above - and once had to defenestrate a sofa.

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    1. I want to know more about the sofa incident, Lindsay.

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  9. "Paid" would be my favorite word if it ever happened. "Readers" would be a runner-up. Maybe if I could writer gooder.

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    1. Well you'll just have to try even more harderer, Henry!

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  10. My kids will tell you my favorite word:

    NO!

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    1. If you have kids it probably has to be at times, Mark.

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  11. I'm with Linda G above - defenestration! What a coincidence - same name and we like the same word! I like to threaten to defenestrate the children...

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    1. Maybe you'd be better off sharing Mark's word, Linda?

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  12. Forget who it was that originally said it but some wise person said that English "follows other languages down dark alleys, knocks them on the head and rifles their pockets for usable or interesting words."

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  13. I have a word that I overuse and it's 'just'. I have to go through my stories crossing it out!

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    1. It's one of those words which creeps in unnoticed, Maggie - and then breeds!

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  14. My fav word is..............? Pettifogger? I think thats how its spelled, a word to describe a lawyer of cheating ways!!

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    1. Another good one, Cheyenne. Sounds properly insulting too.

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  15. I don't have a favorite word that I can think of at the moment. I do know I make up words all the time. Not on purpose really. Kind of like stummy. When I am trying to say my stomach or tummy hurts. I have no idea why it comes out but it does. Same when I type sometimes my letters become numbers. I see an E as an 8 or a P as a 9. I know I am weird.

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    1. That's a bit unusual, April but making up words seems a perfectly acceptable and creative thing to do.

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  16. Hi Patsy, thanks for the links. I tried that grammar check, and got 42%. Told me I could have used better words. Schadenfreud, that's a good one. I like rumplestiltskin, but don't get much chance to use it. I think I'll have to go round saying to people, 'you, little rumplestiltskin you.' Or perhaps not.

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    1. Said in the right tone of voice I think it could get you a reaction, Suzy.

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  17. Hi Patsy .. I'll find out tomorrow re the Schadenfreude pronunciation .. won't I!

    I'll have to think of my 'best' words .. cheers for now - Hilary

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    1. That was one of the few topics we didn't cover!

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  18. Just found your blog through Hilary and I do love this word. I looked up the pronunciation and was amazed. There is a You Tube pronunciation of the word, but it is so weird, I like mine better. The real pronunciation does not sound "right."

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    1. I say it Shh-ow-don-froyd. Is that even close?

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