My favourite word at the moment is:
- 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.
A new-found word, thanks to the good folk at Crikey (the only news service I pay good money for), from whom I learned recently that the commonly-held ‘fact’ (i.e., a factoid), that ‘schadenfreude‘ has no English-language equivalent, is actually a myth.
Schadenfreude gained some popularity in recent years, thanks mostly to quasi-intellectuals and people who thought they were somehow justified in their almost-constant feelings of epicaricacy towards the rest of us because they ‘knew’ a foreign word for which there was no English-language equivalent.
Well, screw you!, quasi’s.
There is a word, and always was a word, for your smugness in the face of victory at the expense of everyone else – AND YOU NEVER KNEW IT!
Now you do, and I hope you enjoy it.
I too hope to revel in some epicaricacy at some point in the future.
Aah, yes, my epicaricacy will come…
* – Definition, synonyms, etymology, and usage notes sourced from Wiktionary.