What Is The Word For Wanting To Be The First To Break Bad News?

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  1. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    And, not surprisingly, it isn't true: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_word_for_"crisis"
     
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    Spell it with a fistful of twigs, or maybe chow mein noodles dyed black, just to verify.
     
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    I can see how you'd propose Stormcrow.

    Crows are, mythologically, the bearers of bad news.

    In the Two Towers movie, during the scene where Gandalf comes to to heal Theoden from Saruman’s curse, the bewitched Theoden tells him,

    "Why should I welcome you, Gandalf Stormcrow?"

    This line is derived from Theoden's fuller exposition in the book:

    "You have ever been a herald of woe. Troubles follow you like crows, and ever the oftener the worse. I will not deceive you: when I heard that Shadowfax had come back riderless, I rejoiced at the return of the horse, but still more at the lack of the rider; and when Eomer brought the tidings that you had gone at last to your long home, I did not mourn. But news from afar is seldom sooth. Here you come again! And with you come evils worse than before, as might be expected. Why should I welcome you, Gandalf Stormcrow?"

    Bad news is not always unwelcome news, though. When the bad news comes early enough to give you time to prepare for the reported ill, it is actually good news.

    That's why the trade association for manufacturers of radar, sonar, and electronic warfare equipment is named the Association of Old Crows.

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    German is ok with building-block words, in fact it's replete with them. If Threadenfreude were the joy of starting a thread, then taking pleasure in starting a thread about misfortune or death befalling an actual celebrity could be called Threadenschadenfreude.
     
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    Bad News Bearer
     
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    Totenthreadenschadenfreude
     
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    I predict "stormcrow" will surface here in the future, and maybe forever after. I like it.
     
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    I don't know but it's sort of like Seagull Management: fly in, make a lot of noise, crap on everything and then leave.
     
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    So is there some way to search the TGP database to determine which member received the most "likes" for breaking the news about some famous musician or actor's death?
     
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    The stormcrow? Maybe. But the raven? Nevermore.
     
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    "Stormcrow". I'm liking it more. But that's the person. "Stormcrowing" would be the act. Maybe "stormcrow" would be the person AND the feeling? BUT "threadenschadenfreude" is pretty awesome, too.

    So, who's gonna be the first person to accuse someone of being a stormcrow and having threadenschadenfreude for doing it, lol? Not me. Although, there would be a certain pleasure derived from being that person. I wonder if there's a word for it? :huh
     
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    Jon's a poet and don't know it.:bow
     
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    Needs Umlauts.
     
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    It is not for breaking the news, but for the likes you receive for breaking the news.
     
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    Don't we all. I was once in a party band called Cölön Blöw.
     
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    Literally LOLd. Thanks.
     
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