20 December 2010

Schadenfreude vs. Shame

n delight in another's misfortune
Schaden  harm + Freude  joy]

malicious joy in the misfortunes of others," 1922, from Ger., lit. "damage-joy," from schaden  "damage, harm, injury" (see scathe) + freude , from O.H.G. frewida  "joy," from fro  "happy," lit. "hopping for joy," from P.Gmc. *frawa-  (see frolic).

  n the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another: She was overcome with shame.

Sad that we see Schadenfreude on a daily basis and hardly ever any shame...I see it from my dogs -- when they've chewed up something they shouldn't have...they have the decency to show remorse. Good dogs.

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