Wondrous Words Wednesday is a fun meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion's Weblog where you can share new words you've come across in your reading or just spotlight words you love.
My word this week comes from THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty:
"I wondered if you were familiar with the term schadenfreude. Pleasure in the misfortunes of others? We don't really have a similar word in our language, and it seems to me we should."
And there's the definition! Deriving pleasure in the misfortunes of others. It's a German "loanword" because there's not an exact English translation.
I've tried to come up with similar English words. Maybe gloating? However gloating implies that something wonderful has happened to you, and you're being smug about it, or it's an obnoxious expression of self-satisfaction.
Then I thought, maybe sadism? But that word implies you enjoy being cruel or inflicting the pain, more "hands on" than schadenfreude.
What do you think? Are there other similar words?