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bombmaniac
751900.  Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:28 am Reply with quote

in series G episode 8 it was stated that there was no english equivalent of the german word "schadenfreude". i would beg to differ. there is in fact an english word "epicaricacy" which is the derivation of pleasure from the pain or suffering of others. below is a link to the wiktionary page.

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/epicaricacy

 
mckeonj
751930.  Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:20 am Reply with quote

Not in our pub it ain't.

 
samivel
752003.  Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:39 pm Reply with quote

OK, but from that very same Wiktionary link

Quote:
The word is mentioned in some early dictionaries, but there is little or no evidence of actual usage until it was picked up by various "interesting word" websites around the turn of the twenty-first century.

 
Zebra57
752009.  Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:03 pm Reply with quote

There are many words that can be dusted off large volume dictionaries. The fact is that the german word is in current use but the word epicaricacy is not (at least on this side of the water)
Words such as:
algerings
ivels
and
pyknic
also exist but have little common use today

 
Celebaelin
752013.  Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:09 pm Reply with quote

Zeitgeist anyone?

Incidentally that doesn't get picked up by my/the spell checker for this site.

Schadenfreude.

But that does!

 
bombmaniac
752049.  Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:08 pm Reply with quote

I am aware that epicaricacy is a rare word, however QI is about finding obscure interestingness.

Quote:
Zeitgeist


That damn documentary ruined that word for me.

 

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