Schadenfreude is a German word that is literally translated as “harm-joy” and means, “taking pleasure in someone else’s misery.”
In the aftermath of Germany’s clinical 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final it’s a word that has appeared a few times.
As the Brazilian team and supporters grieved their side’s capitulation, other team’s supporters delighted in their pain and were happy to rub their face in it.
Perhaps they had been on the end of a thrashing like that from Brazil themselves in the past.
Perhaps for some reason, they just don’t like Brazil.
Perhaps they are just the kind of people who delight in the misery of others.
It seems unnecessary, but it is also a reality in the world that we live in today. And let’s be honest, we have all delighted in someone else’s misfortune at different times.
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