What does “Schadenfreude” mean?
Have you ever felt pleasure when something unfortunate happened to someone else? Maybe it was when the teacher caught your friend for not doing their homework and you escaped (even though you didn’t do your homework either!) or maybe someone tripped over and you had a good laugh at it. If so, you’ve experienced Schadenfreude (pronounced shaw-dun-froi-dah), the feeling of mirth/ pleasure at someone else’s misfortune. It’s not an especially good feeling, so watch out that you don’t become a mean person!