WOTY candidate: schadenfreude

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 11 17:09:29 UTC 2008

On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 11:37 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> At 4/11/2008 11:03 AM, Amy West wrote:
>  >But the beauty of "Spitzenfreude" over
>  >"blondenfreude" or "Bushenfreude" is that it's
>  >another Germanic root. It's almost a seamless
>  >alteration. I really like it. Frankenfreude is
>  >pretty good, too.
>  Isn't Blonden sufficiently Germanic and seamless for you?  (Unless
>  you insist on Blondine over Blonde for the feminine.)

She said "Germanic", not "German". German borrowed it from French (or
another Romance language), just as we did.

Mark Mandel

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

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