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How to be insufferable, language-style:

There is, in fact, an English word for schadenfreude. It's epicaricacy and much like the double space and the oxford comma, it's a contested part of our language.

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Now, if you'll excuse me, I'mma go enjoy the profound sense of discomfort and pain that I know someone out there is feeling because I use the word epicaricacy.


The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.

—James D. Nicoll

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