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Word of the Week: Schadenfreude

By Matthew Smith, Reporter

The word Schadenfreude is pleasure that is derived from another person’s misfortune. This word is a combination of the German word Schaden, which means harm and the German word Freude, which means joy. The word has been used in the last century, but hasn’t reached the apex of its popularity until the 2000s. The first recorded use of this word was in the year 1868. If you ever laughed at someone falling, you’ve experienced shadenfreude. I assure you, everyone has felt shadenfreude, but that’s not a bad thing. Don’t ever hesitate laughing at that one person you don’t like when they get what they deserve.

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