May 1, 1852

On May 1, 1852, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first part of their German Dictionary, proving that the Germans have a word for everything. The pleasure you get from another’s misfortune, the Germans have a word for that. It’s called schadenfreude. The icky feeling of stepping in dog poop barefooted and having it squish between your toes? Ekligefuhlnacktezehenhundscheissen, that’s also German and we can thank Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm for those wonderful and easy to say words.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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