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Merriam-Webster: ‘Schadenfreude’ Becomes Most-Seached Word on Friday Following Donald Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

Merriam-Webster, the gold standard publisher of dictionaries, announced on Friday evening that ‘schadenfreude’ rocketed to the number one spot on the list of most-searched words on the company’s website.

It was no small increase, either. “Lookups spiked 30,500 percent on October 2, 2020,” the publisher said.

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The cause? President Donald and First Lady Melania Trump’s positive coronavirus tests, for which the commander in chief was hospitalized on Friday afternoon.

Schadenfreude was our top lookup on October 2nd, by a very considerable margin, following President Trump’s announcement that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID-19,” Merriam-Webster wrote on Trend Watch. “Schadenfreude is defined as ‘enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.’ The English word was borrowed from German in the middle of the 19th century. In German it comes from Schaden (‘damage’) and Freude (‘joy’).”

The prophetic ilk of Trump, his Twitter, and this whole era never ceases to amaze.

Incredibly, it was four years ago today that Trump knocked Democrat Hillary Clinton, his opponent in the 2016 presidential race, for having contracted pneumonia.

“But here’s a woman, she’s supposed to fight all of these different things, and she can’t make it 15 feet to her car,” Trump told reporters at the time. “Give me a break.”

Clinton made a speedy recovery without having to be publicly airlifted into a medically-supervised quaratine.

Scores of high-ranking Republicans – many of whom have been outspoken coronavirus deniers – have also tested positive for the disease. This includes numerous members of White House staff who work – every day – in close proximity to Trump.

Trump, as well as most of his team, have not been taking proper preventative measures – like wearing masks – to protect themselves and others from the virus, which has killed 209,000 and infected more than seven million Americans since the pandemic began.

It is what it is.



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