Feeling awkward for someone else is much funnier than feeling embarrassed yourself. You think one day you’ll be able to look back on the embarrassing things you’ve done, and you’ll laugh and laugh.
But, in reality, saying or doing embarrassing things stick with you forever.
2020 gave us a lot of awkward moments. And it gave us plenty of time to sit at home and replay the embarrassing moments in our heads.
The Germans, of course, have a word for feeling awkward on behalf of another person. The word is Fremdschämen. Much like schadenfreude, “fremdschämen” is all about something bad happening to other people. The simple pleasures in life are the most important. Laughing at other people’s pain is one of those pleasures.
Here are people who said and did something so awkward in 2020, they had to share it with the world:
1. What’s the opposite of kind?
2. Won’t someone think of the children?