Social Media Schadenfreude

I’ll confess. I’m a word geek. I like knowing the history of words, and I love how certain words feel in the mouth. Schadenfreude is one of those words. Come on, say it with me: ‘shahd-n-froi-duh’.Schadenfreude is a German word, first used somewhere around 1895. Its roots are ‘schaden’ – meaning ‘damage’. And ‘freude’ – meaning ‘joy’ (‘schadenfreude/German’ jokes welcome in the comments section). A standard dictionary will tell you it means “enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.” And whoever raises their hand in protest to announce they’ve never experienced schadenfreude is going to get a big fat rock thrown through their big fat glass house. Continue reading