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Sometimes it pays to be excluded from the fun.

Feb 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23 • By JOE QUEENAN
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Why is there no word to describe “the positive rapture a man experiences when told that he has been deliberately excluded from a weeklong golf outing to Myrtle Beach with a bunch of frat boys from Duke”? Or “the preposterous, untrammeled, and inexhaustible joy one feels racing through one’s nervous system when told that the Hillary Clinton fundraiser will go on as scheduled, but that you are not invited”? 

The closest term I can come up with is la joie de l’homme qui brûle, meaning the “boundless ecstasy one experiences from having seen another year go by without ever seriously considering attending Burning Man.”

Maybe I should keep thinking about this.


Joe Queenan is the author, most recently, of One for the Books

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