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Nov 3, 2014
For the ppl who don't actually understand German; Schadenfreude is experiencing happiness at the expense of somebody else's misfortune. Case in point: you split your sides because some unfortunate soul slips on a banana peel and falls as a result. Tom & Jerry cartoons, Bugs Bunny and Road Runner ( to name a few) are full of it.
Apr 11, 2013
That's why it translates as "shamefuljoy".
Sep 12, 2011
When Germans refer to Schadenfreude, it's usually a criticism of the person enjoying it or expressing guilty feelings of enjoying it yourself.
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Sep 1, 2010
@ varunachar

My previous comment is not a reflection of my personal feelings about the Germans. It was merely a quotation from a scene from the Broadway musical "Avenue Q" that was about schadenfreude. Sorry for not making any mention about that before.
Sep 1, 2010
Stereotypifying based on something one subset did sixty-five years ago.... Wow, that is <mjponso's nationality>.
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