メシウマ[meshiuma]

March 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm (doujin(同人), otaku word, slang)

 There is an old proverb, 他人の不幸は蜜の味[tanin no fukou wa mitsu no aji], or others’ misfortune is sweet like honey. If you are happy now, you would hope everybody else would be happy as well. But even if you are not happy, would you hope so? If you say yes, you might be hypocrite though I don’t want to say like this. Yes, people would be negative towards others unless we are in a happy mood. Then you might hate everybody else…everything in this world!

 Such is the reason why this term was born, I suppose so. At any rate, メシウマ[meshiuma] is an abbreviation of 飯がうまい[meshi ga umai] or my food tastes good. Why does my food taste good? Because someone else is not happy now. Now my face is like below.

meshiuma

 See? What an obnoxious face! It is written as メシウマ状態[meshiuma joutai], and it means to be in a state of メシウマ. Now you are happy since someone you don’t like is not happy. Does your food taste good? Anyway, this term started to be used among baseball fans who were against the great team, 巨人[kyojin], that is the anti-巨人 fans. Whenever 巨人 is defeated, their food tastes good. Come to think of it, I saw some of my colleagues who were actually kyojin fans were in a really bad mood when kyojin was defeated. I am not interested in baseball, so I don’t really care. But in such a time, I could be in a state of meshiuma. I was a prick, I know. Also, those baseball-related video on Youtube or Nico Nico douga shall be called メシウマ動画[meshiuma douga] or meshiuma video.

 It is not necessarily baseball things. Let’s see…when a celebrity gets a divorce, when a politician gets arrested or something like that. 藤原紀香と陣内智則の離婚もメシウマ?Well, if nothing else 2ch bugs love such a scandal to be in a state of meshiuma. That is why some more spin-off words were born after メシウマ.

meshi futsuu-food tastes normal.
meshi futsuu-food tastes normal.

  メシフツウ[meshi futsuu] means food tastes normal, that is, nothing special. It is boring.

meshimazu-food tastes bad.
meshimazu-food tastes bad.

  When someone else is happy, you would be in a state of this, メシマズ[meshimazu] or food tastes bad[飯がマズい]. Looks like it really hates others’ happiness. If you get an invitation for your old classmate’s wedding ceremony, you might be in this state. The more you hate him(her), the worse your food tastes.

haraheri-I am hungry! More food!
haraheri-I am hungry! More food!

  ハラヘリ[haraheri] means hungry. Yes, you are hungered for others’ misfortune. You need to be stuffed!

sakeuma-sake tastes good!
sakeuma-sake tastes good!

  酒ウマ[sakeume] is an abbreviation of 酒がウマい[sake ga umai] or sake tastes good. Not only food but sake also tastes good when someone else is not happy.

 I read something like this before. There is Japanese great novelist named 芥川龍之介[Ryunosuke Akutagawa], and one of his great works [hana] or Nose. This story follows a monk named Naigu[内供] whose nose is too prominent. He hates his nose because he feels everybody else ridicules it. So he does everything he can in order to make his nose look normal. Finally his nose becomes normal and he feels very happy with it. But actually everybody else makes a fun of him more than before. Eventually, he gets back his prominent nose. 

 The monk seems to relax in the end, but no. No matter what he does, his weird nose and his doing are メシウマ for people around him. Observers have no responsibility, so they can say whatever. This is a paradox hidden inside your mind. Of course, anyone feels sympathy for others’ misfortune. However, if the person surpasses the misfortune by oneself, you might be bored somehow. You want to make him have the same misfortune…in this way, you might be negative towards the person.

 メシウマ might embody such a dark side that anyone has in mind, I think. So my food tastes good today…Sorry, this is just who I am.   

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11 Comments

  1. kesenaitsumi said,

    wow…So many Meshi make me feel hungry ^^

    Not sure for the food tasting better but It sure make your mood good when someone you hate is having misfortune ^^

  2. bangin said,

    It sure makes my food taste better! lol

  3. w said,

    Maybe you want to include a link to Heaven Joutai for this? heh.

    And the currently popular word for describing メシウマ状態 would be schadenfreude I guess. What’s a good word when saying it though? “Suckaaaaas!”? ”Take/Eat that” seems relatively mild.

    I won’t deny that I’ve felt this way before, it’s horrible but it’s a terribly human thing… There’s something about the Japanese words for it – conciseness, perhaps – that make me literally think with the words ざまぁみろや and メシウマ in such situations as opposed to mere thought or any English words. Something about the force of them that make them particularly powerful to me…

    In reality though, the only spectacle that makes my food taste nicer is when I watch animals eating on National Geographic. Don’t ask. The joy you get from seeing others’ misfortunes is rather shallow and malicious though… I’m trying to leave it entirely behind.

  4. bangin said,

    That is German, isn’ it? A word like this exists all over the world. That is, this is truly a human thing, what can I say?
    We never know what happens to us. Now I can laugh at someone else’s misfortune, but tomorrow someone else would laugh at my misfortune.

    I wish my food tastes normal all the time, but no. I am not a holy person, so my food tastes better when someone I don’t like is not happy.

  5. goodyfun said,

    I seriously cannot find pleasure from a person’s suffering in reality. I feel that sort of feeling is petty, and that it isn’t natural for me. In fiction, on the other hand, that is a completely different matter. If I read a story that features a person’s misfortune in a realistic way, that will be satisfyingly resolved in the end, it makes my heart sing.

    I think sometimes that since most people in the world enjoy fiction where the characters struggle, almost everyone is a little sadistic.

  6. bangin said,

    A word like this exists, means that there are a lot of people who enjoy others’ misfortune. Since this word is that popular, most people feel this is attractive no matter what.
    Meshiuma is an evil side that anyone has deep in the heart.

  7. mochie said,

    Haha when I read this post I couldn’t help but laugh. I just got rejected by the guy I like today and I called my friends out to spend some time with me. One of my friends who just got rejected last week just kept laughing when I told them that I got dumped. I was saying to her “I bet you are thinking that your food tastes good now”

  8. bangin said,

    I guess your friend’s face is like the first picture above.
    But she is honest, I think. Not laugh behind you, but in front of you.^^

  9. japanese words said,

    I always look at these with amazement. To think of the time it takes to create one of these pictures. line by line.

  10. bangin said,

    I don’t know who actually creates these, but it takes time…

  11. Arikoto said,

    Interesting right ^^
    I do think everyone can be this evil sometimes. Just let them laugh, let them be happy first. Making others happy is not a bad thing.

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