n. Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
1890–95; < German, equiv. to Schaden harm + Freude joy
Schopenhauer once said, “To feel envy is human, to savor schadenfreude is devilish.”
Except sometimes most of the time, because it’s hilarious. That’s why FAIL Blog has been so successful.
But the creator of FAIL Blog does have a sweeter side – now he’s created SUCCEED Blog, to counterbalance “HAHA that’s so messed up!” with “HAHA that’s so awesome!”