Sunday, October 08, 2006

Sweet, Sweet Repulsion.

There aren't enough words for describing the specific types of pleasure derived from different types of experiential reactions.

The Germans have a word for the "malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others". That word is schadenfreude (SHOD-n-froy-duh).

There should be a word to describe the thrill of being scared or terrorized as experienced on a roller coaster or in a horror movie.

There should be a word to describe the secret pleasure derived from watching a social rule or taboo transgressed.

There should also be a word for the pleasure derived from being disgusted or grossed out. Children frequently delight in this. "Fear Factor" has branded a line of "gross-out" candy for children.

I saw the 2-pack of cockroaches at a candy store in Manhattan, $5.40. (Outrage!)

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