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