The Good News From Illinois
By GAIL COLLINS
These are troubled times when people yearn for diversion, so feel free to indulge in a little schadenfreude at the expense of the governor of Illinois.
a crescendo of schadenfreude
［it.］>ad., a., n. （pl. ～s） 【楽】次第に強く（なる）（こと，音）; （勢いなどの）盛り上がり; 〔話〕 クライマックス.
'There Is a God'
During his years as the state's attorney general, Mr. Spitzer had fiercely sought to punish investment banks, insurance companies, research analysts and the New York Stock Exchange for a litany of perceived sins, assuming the mantle of "Mr. Clean."
On CNBC on Monday, markets reporter Bob Pisani quoted an unnamed trader's reaction, which spoke for the vast majority on the Street. "There is a God," the trader reportedly said.
Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
[German : Schaden, damage (from Middle High German schade, from Old High German scado) + Freude, joy (from Middle High German vreude, from Old High German frewida, from frō, happy).]