February 22, 2010 10:58 AM Subscribe
Can any German speakers shed light on the supposed German word 'Backpfeifengesicht'?
posted by squarehead to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I just saw this word in this comment
. Google search gives lots of blogs where people are explaining that this word means something along the lines of 'a face that cries out for a fist in it'. I know some German, and that seemed fishy to me. I know 'gesicht' is 'face', and 'pfeife' is 'pipe', but according to dict.leo.com
'die Back' is a nautical term for 'foredeck'. 'Die Backe' does mean 'cheek', but I also thought that due to the disdain people some people have for bagpipes and bagpipers that English speakers may have misspelled 'Sackpfeifengesicht' ('bagpipe-face'). So, is this a real German word, or just a German-sounding word that someone made up?