AFTER COVID HIT DONALD TRUMP, SUDDENLY SEARCHES FOR SCHADENFREUDE SPIKED LIKE CRAZY
So here we are, with no more presidential debates to debase ourselves with watching. And the under two-week countdown to Election Day itself. But before we proceed with our various efforts of controlling our anxiety, disgust and general exhaustion, I want to look back at this crazy thing that actually happened. So it’s not too fat back to look. Just after Donald Trump’s Covid infection news swept the land. You know, when he was totally fine, then was in the hospital. But was still totally fine? If high on steroids? Well, many people experienced something we know as Schadenfreude. And then many more needed to know what that word means. And that need caused a crazy spike in citizen searches. Epic.
WITHIN A DAY, SEARCHES FOR SCHADENFREUDE WENT UP 30,500%, BECAUSE TRUMP
Ok, still don’t understand what this is all about? Schadenfreude, if you don’t already know, is when you feel happy about misfortune hitting someone else. Like, say, Donald Trump getting a Covid-19 infection. That may have made people feel a sense of pleasure at Trump’s…. ironic misfortune. But the word itself seems to have elicited a lot of curiosity. Clearly, people were seeing this word and wanted to know what it means. Maybe it applied to them, too? But on October 2nd, Merriam-Webster found that Schadenfreude was by far the word people searched for. So yes, interest spiked. How much? By 30,500%. That’s, like, a lot.
IS IT BAD TO FEEL SCHADENFREUDE WITH COVID TRUMP, OR IS IT TOTALLY NATURAL?
So Schadenfreude, you may have guessed, is an old German word. It’s been around a solid 2 centuries. But I bet no one every thought it would be the delivery theme for an entirely new TV genre. And yes, I’m talking about reality TV. And yes, there is a double-edged Trump irony there. So maybe you already knew all about Schadenfreude. But to be fair, it’s the kind of word you finally learn and go, yeah, that totally captures that feeling. And now, more people than ever before looked it up. And the answer why is the same that answers a lot of awkward questions of late. Because Trump.