Friday, 31st January 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

Glückschmerzschadenfreude, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈɡlʏkʃmɛɐ̯ts ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/
Etymology: German < glückschmerz envy of the good fortunes of others + schadenfreude malicious enjoyment of the misfortunes of others < Glück luck + schmerz pain + schaden harm + freude joy.

The feeling of having a brilliant, original idea, before reading or hearing evidence that someone else has got there first: regret at another’s good fortune, mingled with pride that one’s own misfortune is also corroboration that the idea was indeed a good one. Cf. Plagiarists’ Corner.


What he doesn’t realise is that a consummate trigger is just a click away.