06/05/2005: Attacks of Weltschmerzen...
This FridgeMagnet offering of The Bush Press Conference response Generator is kinda FUNNIE but rather Sad-in-a-real-world “Weltschmerz” sort of way.
Weltschmerz is defined by my In Other Words: A Language Lover’s Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World [by Christopher J. Moore – published by Levenger Press (2004)] as:Wetschmerz [velt-shmairtz] (noun)
This is a compound word consisting of *Welt*, meaning “world” and *Schmerz*, meaning “pain.” Just as your head can hurt (Kopfshmerzen), or you can suffer from a stomachache (Magenschmerzen), so the world can hurt too. In its mildest form, this is “world-weariness.” At the other extreme, it’s an existential pain that leaves you reeling with a damaging, head clutching depair.
Yep – have to say I OFTEN feel a real Weltschmerz attack after listening to our Fearless Leader speaking in public. Bleh!!!
[Hat Tip to Tom Lampe at Pretty War via Mark Morford at SFGate.]
Karen on 06.05.05 @ 05:36 PM CST