Word of the Day: Weltschmerz

In honor of my friend Abigail’s recent visit to the city all the way from Frankfurt, the word of the day is weltschmerz.

Via Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: ‘velt-“shmerts
Function: noun
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: German, from Welt world + Schmerz pain
1 : mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state
2 : a mood of sentimental sadness

That’s right, weltschmerz, from the people that brought you schadenfreude. No wonder they drink so much.

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