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12 March 2016 @ 07:08 am
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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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Risky Robby: goofrobby on March 12th, 2016 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, in German, Cruz could be described as an Untermensch, so deserving of horrible violence.
The Hebrew Hammercockhammercock on March 13th, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
Backpfeifengesicht is one of my favorite words that I've learned in the last year or two. I just wish I didn't have so much occasion to use it.
topumtopum on March 13th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
I learned this word and wrote about it two weeks ago too. They have some more awesome words I miss in English.
eub on March 14th, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
Saying that Cruz needs a punch in the face used to sound a bit different. That wasn't before Trump was calling for protesters to be punched in the face, but it was before that Trump follower punched a protester in the face last week.