@zybhjk Yes! This essay is excellent, and I say this as a native German speaker.
@joythemanatee Ack! 1977. But it won't let me edit. Point still stands though.
The arguement for why there is no word for Schadenfreude in English is just rubbish: "As the Spectator put it in 1926: “There is no English word for Schadenfreude, because there is no such feeling here.”
Oh really? So what exactly is it you're laughing at when watching one of Charlie Chaplin's black and white movies? Y'know, the British actor (1889-1927) falling and tripping and basically just (lightly) hurting himself to make his audience laugh. THAT is Schadenfreude.