El Coyote Gordo (supergee) wrote,
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Why the German language has so many great words. Excellent example:
In an essay describing the loathing that Ted Cruz’s face seems to inspire, the neurologist Richard Cytowic resorts to the German colloquial expression Backpfeifengesicht .

It’s a combination of two nouns: Backpfeife (a slap across the cheek) and Gesicht (face). Together they indicate “a face that invites a slap.” (Cytowic calls it “a face in need of a good punch” – close enough.)

Thanx to andrewducker
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