Thursday, September 13, 2012

word of the day: weltshmerz

The word of the day is weltschmerz:

Etymology:  German, formed as welt v.1 + schmerz pain.
A weary or pessimistic feeling about life; an apathetic or vaguely yearning attitude. (OED)

"If a reaction is warranted — and Miss Manners does not expect you to post one every time a 'contact' has weltschmerz — it should be done when the news is received."

 - Miss Manners, The Washington Post, 22 August 2012

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