This reporter expected a smug tweet on Greece last month to elicit a Radio 4-friendly guffaw from one or two of our modestly-numbered Twitter followers. But as any trader will tell you: timing is everything.
So, as Greek-German government relations hit their lowest point with Schäuble gunning for a Grexit, the tweet appeared to strike a chord, earning over 7,500 interactions. In a somewhat surreal turn of events, it also appeared as Quote of the Day in the Evening Standard.
Tweeps from New York, Kuala Lumpar to Athens helpfully informed our tweeter-in-chief that there are words in the Greco-German lexicon to describe the aforementioned situations.
Responses included: “’If only there were a Greek word for a victory that is in fact a defeat’”. There is: Syriza.”
And: “There is a single German word for all of that – schadenphyrricfreude. The single English word is – meh.