Bike Commute Diaries: Schadenfreude

29 May

Dirty Little Secret #5. The Germans have a single word for this less-than-noble emotion: taking pleasure in the misfortune of others. But when I glide past bumper-to-bumper traffic I have to grin. And I’m not even German.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!


Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Commute Diaries


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4 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Schadenfreude

  1. fiedlerin

    May 31, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Schadenfreude – schoenste Freude… means Schadenfreude is the best joy… we (Germans) are a mean bunch 🙂

    • fiedlerin

      May 31, 2012 at 4:16 am

      Oh, and when I pass cars like that I always have to think of the beginning of “Office Space” when they are stuck on the road and get passed by and elderly woman with a walker.

    • ladyfleur

      May 31, 2012 at 7:03 am

      It’s not that Germans are mean, they just understand human nature. Having a single work for this emotion makes it easy to call people out on their bad behavior.

      • fiedlerin

        May 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        Well, maybe not mean, but when I moved to the States I found that people are a lot more friendly and open. I am sure that varies by region, though.


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