Why the Weltschmerz, puppies?

Why the Weltschmerz, puppy? Photo: Stewart Black, CC-BY

Why the Weltschmerz, puppy? Photo: Stewart Black, CC-BY

Weltschmerz is a word borrowed directly from the German language.  The word literally translated means “world” (Welt) “pain” (Schmerz).  The word has come to mean a general sense of pessimism about life.  The noun first entered the English lexicon in 1875.  Since all nouns (and not just proper ones) are capitalized in German, the word is always spelled capitalized when used in the English language.

These adorable puppies seem to be experiencing Weltschmerz. Pitiful whines and howls dominate the video as these tiny dogs complain about their station in life.  They may not have mastered the ability to walk without wobbling, but these puppies have the self-pitying down pat.

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