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  • Seems like a combination of jealousy, inadequacy, and inferiority complex, with a bit of revenge thrown in for good measure.

    October 25, 2007

  • Wow. That's like the S-word, turned inside-out and fortified.

    October 24, 2007

  • "Litost is an untranslatable Czech word. Its first syllable, which is long and stressed, sounds like the wail of an abandoned dog. As for the meaning of this word, I have looked in vain in other languages for an equivalent, though I find it difficult to imagine how anyone can understand the human soul without it."

    - Milan Kundera, The Book Of Laughter And Forgetting

    October 24, 2007