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.
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.
メシフツウ[meshi futsuu] means food tastes normal, that is, nothing special. It is boring.
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.
ハラヘリ[haraheri] means hungry. Yes, you are hungered for others’ misfortune. You need to be stuffed!
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 鼻[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.