Nearing the end of October 1, 2020, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, reported that he and his wife, Melania Trump, have tested positive for COVID-19. “We will immediately begin our quarantine and recovery process. We will overcome it together, ”the president wrote on his Twitter account.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Obviously, there were reactions of all kinds to the news, and the word schadenfreude it was repeated over and over again in various headlines, mainly from the American media. In fact, searches for this term had a 30,500 percent increase in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
???? Lookups for ‘schadenfreude’ have spiked 30,500% https://t.co/nWRnJzKUPd
– Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 2, 2020
“Schadenfreude was our main search on October 2, by a very considerable margin, after President Trump’s announcement, “he said the institution.
But what is the meaning of this word? According to Merriam-Webster, it is defined as “the enjoyment obtained from the problems of others.” The term was taken from German in the mid-1800s, Merriam-Webster added.
In Spanish, numerous articles have been written that, rather than translating it, try to explain the behavior that emerges from the word: why one feels pleasure in seeing others “fall”.
In the context of Trump’s announcement, USA Today, on October 2, titled an article as follows: “President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Infection Raises International Sympathy and Some Level of schadenfreude”.
While 2020 is still a few months away, terms such as schadenfreude, confinement and a new normal are already shaping up to be candidates for words of the year.