Super Mario Summary Shame

Is there a word for being totally proud of something and completely ashamed at the same time?

Context: Super Mario Summary reworks every level of Super Mario Bros. on a single screen, turning a side-scrolling platformer into a devious, addictive puzzle. Amazingly, it was built in only 48 hours by Swedish developer Johan Peitz as part of the Ludum Dare game competition. Read his postmortem of making the game.

4 thoughts on “Super Mario Summary Shame

  1. Yeah, I’m down with OPP, you know me.

    If we walk the possibly best road, if such a word exists for feeling proud and ashamed then that word should be a German word.

    So, I say we start by combining the two words in the respective order. That would result in:

    stolz-schämen, or stolzschämen

    Now, it goes without saying that I can’t speak or read German very well. So, there is a chance a specific word already exists or that the words should be reversed in order. If the latter is true, it would sound cooler: schämenstolz. That could be changed a bit and used in a sentence, probably badly:

    Ich bin eine schämenstolzen.

    It would be great to hear Arnold Schwarzenegger pronounce that because it would be hilarious sounding, especially if he were drunk.

    Now, I am not a fan of memes, you should know this. But, what the hey, new words: count me in.

  2. As a follow-up:

    I suppose there is a very good chance such a word would likely appear as an insult leveled by others rather than something someone would use to describe themselves, with a sense of schämenstolz.

    So, if it began as an insult, it would be tunneled down the usual roads and likely be something like:


    or some sickening variation that some generation of hipster would level against someone in an attempt at being clever.

    oh. wait. did I just write that? shit. Though, knowing my luck, the word already exists in some novel written when someone was too young to know better.

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