Perfect Ending to a Perfect Day

I just registered the domain name “” Because, and maybe it’s just me, I think the word “Schadenfreude” might become useful in 2006.

18 Comments on “Perfect Ending to a Perfect Day”

  1. Suggestion: Find ten people, give them pencil and paper (or the equivalent) and ask them to spell schadenfreude correctly. Collect all the wrong answers and register the domain names of all the wrong answers you get.

  2. “SHA-den-Froy-duh”. (The capital F representing the secondary accent.) The last vowel is shorter than the “uh” makes it look, more of a schwa really.

  3. No, the point is not that they can’t visit, John.

    The point for registering all those mispelled domain names is BECAUSE they can’t spell it. At least when they type in the wrongly spelled word, they’ll still be directed to the site.

    Delight in their misery, you must. Heheheheheh.

    What compelled you to register the domain name though? I’m curious. I mean, what kind of schadenfreude do you forecast for this year?

  4. I thought John Scalzi’s point was that if they couldn’t spell “schadenfreude” correctly, he didn’t want them to visit.

    (This sort of reminds me of how, for a while, sheet music editors mispunctuated the first line of the Weill/Nash song “Speak Low” as “Speak low, if you speak, love” rather than “Speak low, if you speak love.” This transforms a declaration of love which echoes Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing into a rather odd bit of direction on elocution. Not even Ogden Nash would start a Broadway love ballad like that.)

    My solution for “schadenfreude”, as already mentioned, is that everyone should get the Avenue Q cast album. As a bonus, you get the best ballad written for Broadway that season (as well as for a season or two in either direction of time), “There’s a Fine, Fine Line”

    My guess as for why this year as opposed to any other is that this may be the year when W finally has to face the consequences of his actions. Life will be horrible for the rest of us but W’s comeuppance, if it happens, may still be emotionally satisfying nonetheless.

  5. Register the misspellings. Have those sites point out the fact that they misspelled it before bringing them to your site.

    As a man once said, “Woop. There it is.”

  6. I always pictured some German wordsmith laughing gleefully at our feeble attempts at pronouncing his word. I prefer the term “epicaricacy”. English won the war…damn those kraut fuddle-bugs and their infernal tongue killers.

  7. If this has anything to do with W, then Schadenfreude has nothing to do with it; I’ll just be relieved not to have to face all four major guv’ment’l bodies being red.

  8. According to comedian Sarah Silverman, “Schadenfreude” is German for “Hey look, that Jew fell down”.

    (apologies if I misquoted, it’s pretty close)

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