Wordsmith.org’s word of the day is weltschmertz.
I dig this word, not only because it has six consonants in a row (can you name another?), but because it describes my current political temperature. The word means:
World weariness; pessimism, apathy, or sadness felt at the difference between physical reality and the ideal state.
I look at the grisly, yet successful, maneuverings of Senators Frist and Roberts to virtually close down any serious Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the NSA wiretapping, and I feel weltschmertz.
I look at the now-defunct Dubai Ports World deal, and feel weltschmertz.
On the other hand, when I read headlines like this one today — Bush Approval Rating Falls To A New Low — I feel — oh, what’s the word — schadenfreude.