Wikipaedia defines it as :
Schadenfreude is a German word meaning ‘pleasure taken from someone else’s misfortune’. It has been borrowed by the English language and is sometimes also used as a loanword by other languages. The German pronunciation of the word is [??a?d?n?f???d?] (IPA).
It derives from Schaden (damage, harm) and Freude (joy); Schaden derives from the Middle High German schade, from the Old High German scado, and freude comes from the Middle High German vreude, from the Old High German frewida, from fr?, (happy). In German, the word always carries a negative connotation. A distinction exists between “secret schadenfreude” (a private feeling) and “open schadenfreude” (Hohn).
Usually, it is believed that Schadenfreude has no direct English equivalent. For example, Harper Collins German-English Dictionary translates schadenfreude as “malicious glee or gloating.” An apparent English equivalent is epicaricacy, derived from the Greek word ?????????????, epichaerecacia. This word does not appear in most modern dictionaries, but does appear in Nathaniel Bailey’s Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1727) under a slightly different spelling (epicharikaky), which gives its etymology as a compound of epi (upon), chara (joy), and kakon (evil). A more common English equivalent than ‘epicaricacy’ might be the expression ‘Roman holiday’, which means pleasure derived from watching someone else’s suffering, and is derived from the delight of Roman citizens’ at the gladiatorial spectacles in the Colosseum.
In English, the word sometimes is capitalized, because of the German grammatical convention of capitalizing all common nouns in addition to proper nouns; however, as a loanword in English, it is typically left uncapitalized, following the rules of English orthography.
The Buddhist concept of mudita, “sympathetic joy” or “happiness in another’s good fortune,” is often cited as an example of the opposite of schadenfreude.
I bring this up because of my reaction to this wonderful photo.
Glee doesn’t even scratch the surface.
That judge deserves a blowjob every day for the rest of the summer, minimum. The Sherrif deserves to be beaten about the head and shoulders with all the used tampons from the female inmates in the ‘twin towers’ recreational detention center.
Acting like a spoiled little 5 year-old is not an illness. It’s called being spoiled. Let this be a lesson to all you new parents out there. (I’m looking at you, Jonny…)