Posted by TheFallen on March 27, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Looking for a word posted by S. on March 27, 2003
: : The concept of 'gaining pleasure from the misfortune of others' is covered by a single word in German - 'Schadenfreude'. There's a request in today's Times to come up with an English single-word equivalent. I thought the wordsmiths among you out there would like to take up the challenge! How about it?
: "Sadism" and "dispathy" don't quite cut it, I suppose.
How about Acerbovitism, from the L*tin acerbus, meaning sour, and vitis meaning a grapevine?