Wednesday Word: Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude
scha·den·freu·de often capitalized \ˈshä-dən-ˌfri-də\

German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy

First Known Use: 1895

: a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people

There is a LOT of schadenfreude going on lately, isn’t there? People getting pleasure from the misfortune of others.

The lastst I can think of is one of the Dugger sons has been caught in a marital affair. People seem absolutely delighted that he has committed such a public sin. The other example is Jarod from Subway fame has been caught having/wanting/soliciting sex with minors. Again, people seem to thrill at the news of his downfall.

Remember when Michael Phelps smoked marijuana and it was all over social media? We loved that!

Why are we like this? Because it makes us feel better to see others around us fail in such spectacular ways. But be careful. Next week’s word: karma.

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