WOTY candidate: schadenfreude

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Fri Apr 11 18:25:32 UTC 2008

Mark Mandel wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: WOTY candidate: schadenfreude
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> 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.

However, according to http://etymonline.com, French got it from Frankish
-- which was a Germanic language.

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