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#135893 - 12/12/04 03:59 PM Re: delight in another person's misfortune
plutarch Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 1385
tilt at the windmills of his own very good mind

Tilting at the windmills of his mind.

That could be your best line yet, themilum.

I know it's confusing, themilum. I never go where I am not wanted, but, once there, the more fervently I am wished away, the more fervently I wish to stay.

A martyr without his principles is like a crusader without his crusade.

The only way you can kill a martyr is with kindness.

#135894 - 12/14/04 02:56 PM Re: delight in another person's misfortune
Sparteye Offline

Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 1773
I would call this person "my son." *sigh*

My seven-year-old has been testing boundaries (as usual) by using obscenities, and has suffered the consequences.

Last night, following an incident in which he aggravated his older, autistic, brother and then enjoyed the resulting meltdown, I removed him from the scene and marched him upstairs, declaring that I'd "had enough of the schadenfreude." Son was shocked at my language. Could you hear my eyes rolling from here?

#135895 - 12/16/04 10:25 AM Re: delight in another person's misfortune
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11613
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Son was shocked at my language. Heh heh--that's the way, Sparteye--keep 'em guessing!

#135896 - 12/19/04 10:18 AM epicaricastic
plutarch Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 1385
Is there a word that means "a person who delights in the misfortune of others?"

There is, Darkpond. But I'm not going to tell you.

BTW over in Wordcraft, they have taken up the cause of convincing OED to recognize "epicaricacy" as a word.

So far, OED has demurred.

Do you think they might be taking some kind of epicaricastic pleasure in that?

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