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Posted by TheFallen on March 27, 2003

In Reply to: Looking for a word posted by TheFallen 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?

Of course, if someone's Gr**k is better than mine (which would hardly be difficult), something similar to the above could probably be done with a -philia construct.