Apr 12, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric: EPICARICACY

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This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

epicaricacy- n. the act of taking pleasure in the misfortune or tribulations of others.

This word is the closest English equivalent to the German word Schadenfreude.

Epicaricacy is derived from the Greek word επιχαιρεκακία, or epichaerecacia. The etymology of the term is from the Greek words "epi-" (upon), "chara" (joy), and "kakon" (evil).

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've seen the change in Americans since the 50's, on this score. Whereas it was once considered unsympathetic and rude to rejoice at the calamatity of others--even those who deserved their demise, there is now a practice of cheering when someone gets sent to the electric chair, much like the gladiator attitude at hangings.

M A F said...

"Lucky me! I hit the trifecta." George Bush

Stephanie said...

You can type in Greek? Eek!

Stephanie said...

Slap-stick comedy.