Verboticism: Mitleidfreude

'Whaahh! I have a pimple!'

DEFINITION: v. tr. To seek appreciation, support, and/or love by trying to get people to feel sorry for you. n. Someone who believes that if you don't feel sorry for them, you do not love them.

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Created by: ErWenn

Pronunciation: /ˈmɪtlaɪdˌfrɔɪd/ /MITT-lahyd-Froyd/

Sentence: Mitleidfreude is somehow more socially acceptable than its nastier cousins schadenfreude, neidfreude, and dummheitfreude.

Etymology: from Ger., lit. "pity-joy," from mitleid "pity" + freude "happy"

Points: 1007

Comments: Mitleidfreude

silveryaspen - 2008-02-20: 02:35:00
Surprising etymology! Now I know that mit came from mitleid ... but I thought leid was a play on layed ... and freude was a play on fraud and Freud! Didn't know what to make of the cousins! (chuckling) Kudos for your ingenuity!

OZZIEBOB - 2008-02-20: 16:41:00
Wunderbar! Great approach to create your verboticism. Makes me think of german words with a "toe-hold" in English, such as: "weltschmer" & "sprachgeful".