WOTY candidate: schadenfreude

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Apr 11 00:59:53 UTC 2008

Would an embarrassing new revelation about the 
founder of psychoanalysis give the rest of us 
Sigmun(d)freude or Freudenfreude?

On a related (to WOTY) topic, though, nobody's 
mentioned the front-page NYT article today on 
googlegängers, with a reference to its anointment 
it as our Most Creative WOTY:


At 7:53 PM -0400 4/10/08, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 6:12 PM, JAMES A. LANDAU wrote:
>>  WOTY candidate: "schadenfreude".  It's been 
>>around for a while (MWCD10 says 1895) but in the
>>  last month it has emerged from obscurity into 
>>numerous news stories. (about 1,250,000 hits on
>>  Google) In fact I even found a pun on the word:
>>  http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10961825
>>  "It is hardly surprising, then, that the 
>>country is enjoying a fit of Spitzenfreude-and 
>>  Wall Street's trading floors are decorated 
>>with photoshopped pictures of him cavorting with
>>  bodacious babes in various states of undress. 
>>Some people have even attributed the
>>  markets' mid-week bounce to glee over Mr 
>>Spitzer, rather than to the $200 billion 
>>  their way by the Fed."
>Xenfreude (where X = a politician's name) is hardly a new innovation.
>See my Language Log post mentioning Bushenfreude, Deanenfreude,
>Frankenfreude, etc.:
>And Mark Liberman's more recent post on Huckenfreude, Mittenfreude,
>Obamenfreude, etc.:
>And finally on the popularity of the word "schadenfreude", see my
>OUPblog post from last year:
>--Ben Zimmer
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list