Schadenfreude is a german word. It is a compound of Schaden ‘damage, harm’ and Freude ‘joy.

It basically means that you take pleasure over someone else pain. It is not a nice social trait to have. Donald Trump and Peter Dutton both possess this trait. When you were a kid and would laugh at others who have taken a massive stack off their BMX bike and have to collect bits of their skin and body from the road? That is Schadenfreude. But hopefully as you grew up, your empathetic emotions have kicked in and you would rush to help someone who had taken a stack.

I like to think that I am one of those people, but this week, I did laugh at the pain of another. Move over Donald and Pete and make place for me on your evil bench.

For it was my beloved Mr. Woog who had lately begun growing hairs where their shouldn’t grow. Let’s just say he had started to resemble a koala bear. This is because a lot of men in their forties also have hormonal changes which sees their head hair thinning and an increase in nostril, eyebrows and ear hair.

Let’s just call it God’s Relocation Plan!

Anyway, this week he arrived home from work and removed his motorbike helmet to show off a freshly shaved head. Mr. Woog’s hair is not yet thinning but grows like an afro so he gets a buzz cut. He walked over to me and gave me a kiss before asking me if I noticed anything different about him.

I didn’t so then he told me to look at his ears.


Apparently his barber said there was no need for this hair to be there and so he took to his lobes with a pot of wax!

“Did it hurt?” I asked

“Bloody hurt so much!” He replied and I said “SUCKED IN DUDE” or something as equally mature and then a laughed and laughed and laughed. And I didn’t feel bad about it because I am now at the point where I have to get my face waxed, so we can now share the pain.

When is the last time you Schadenfreuded?

Or have you been the victim? Please share your story.


  • Kel

    I know it makes me a terrible person. But I can’t help it. I laugh and laugh when people choke. Beloved choked on her weetbix this week and we both had tears streaming down our faces, me from laughter and her from trying to get breath… She’s OK now and she still eats weetbix.

  • Tracey

    I have that feeling when the cat bites my husband. Because said husband has usually been annoying the cat in some way and therefore probably deserves to be bitten.

  • Heidi D

    My husband finds it particularly amusing when I get the tweezers to my random moustache hairs so I feel no guilt at all having a smile on my face as I pluck his ears

    • Wendy

      I chase my hubby with tweezers and he CRACKS it!

  • Wendy

    It is not technically pain but my hubby is WAY too easy to scare! I like to hide behind doors, set off poppers and also an airhorn to see the look on his face. If he didn’t bite I would surely loose interest but it is SO MUCH FUN!

  • Hahaha. As a pregnant woman, I find that I feel a lot of shadenfreude whenever my husband is suffering through something SO UNACCEPTABLY GHASTLY such as a shortage of beer or being FORCED to pick a healthy food option (I have gestational diabetes – yay me) or any other SLIGHT discomfort that won’t kill him 🙊