My mum was reading my article in the latest Idealog on bad design.
"It's interesting," she said, "but there's a long word I don't know."
Puzzled, I asked what it was. "Some sort of German word..."
Ah. Schadenfreude. "To take pleasure in someone else's misfortune." Quite unlike the Gemutlich stereotype of Germans.
Anyway the fact that she hadn't heard of that word made me worried. After telling so many for so long that they needed to make their language clear and understandable, have I become an elitist pig?
Then I remembered where I first discovered Schadenfreude (the word, anyway) - Lisa Simpson.
For the sake of clarity, avoid watching the Simpsons! It can really obfuscate your clarity!
(The above picture has nothing to do with this post)