Uncommon Words

Dictionary of Difficult Words

RES IPSA LOQUITUR... "A thing so bad it speaks for itself"

schadenfreude: A malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others. "Wal-Mart's many progressive critics... finally enjoyed a bit of schadenfreude when the retailer had to admit to "disappointing" sales" (Liza Featherstone. "Down and Out In Discount America." The Nation, Jan. 3, 2005: 11).

trope: the figurative use of an expression (like euphemisms, hyperbole, etc.). "..the art of mixing tropes to convey a double meaning" ("Red Sluts, Blue Sluts." The Nation, Jan. 3, 2005: 20).

Colby Glass, MLIS