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epicaricacy

Postby M. Henri Day » Tue Oct 04, 2005 6:18 pm

How about this indispensable word - the existence of which is attested both here and here - as an equivalent to the German Schadenfreude ?...

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Postby Brazilian dude » Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:41 am

I think you hit on the nail, Mr. D.

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Postby M. Henri Day » Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:54 am

Or my thumb - giving rise to a certain degree of epicaricacy in onlookers....

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Postby tsuwm » Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:55 am

this word, as defined in Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of
Unusual... Words, has caused a lot of discussion
in the past on a couple of forums that discuss these
sorts of things. where in the world did she find
this English word for a concept that isn't supposed
to have a word in English (schadenfreude being German
in origin)? this question has yet to be answered in
full, but I can quote you this from Nathan Bailey's
An Universal Etymological English Dictionary, which
is a very olde dictionary indeed (1721):

Epicharikaky - from the Greek words or roots for "upon", "joy", and "evil": "A Joy at the Misfortunes of others".
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Postby M. Henri Day » Wed Oct 05, 2005 12:59 pm

Thanks for the information, tsuwm, and welcome to our forum ! Please continue to help us with the background - or foreground, as the case may be - to the words and phrases we discuss....

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Postby gailr » Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:36 pm

Yes, welcome tsuwm! I'll be looking forward to reading your posts.
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