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ramsler commented on the word schauden freude
German expression, meaning "taking pleasure in the pain of others" (or so I'm told). Generally a feeling of satisfaction at bad things happening to people we don't like or care about. Perhaps the basis for slapstick humor, especially when the bad things have no permanence; so, for example, when someone in a fancy dress is spalshed by water in a puddle (such as the Cary Bradshaw in the opening of Sex and the City TV series episodes when she sees herself on the side of a NYC bus poster--just before the bus splashed her?
March 27, 2009