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I came across Backpfeifengesicht being used to describe someone running for office in the 2016 US election.

What is the meaning of or tranlation for Backpfeifengesicht in English?

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    The community here are not experts for finding English expressions. You should instead ask on ELU.SE (English Language & Usage), describing the meaning for their users.
    – chirlu
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 19:17
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    urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Backpfeifengesicht
    – Iris
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 7:06
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    @chirlu: how should people at ELU know what a "Backpfeifengesicht" is? Isn't this a question that need expertise in German rather than in English?
    – Takkat
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 7:57
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    Maybe the question should be edited to "What does Backpfeifengesicht mean"?
    – Iris
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 8:26
  • Here is the possible reference to "backpfeifengesicht" in the US election rollingstone.com/politics/news/…
    – Iris
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 8:29

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"Backpfeife" = "a slap"; "Gesicht" = "face"; so the literal translation would be "Slapface".

Meaning: somebody is so ugly that he should be slapped. But it has other meanings depending on the context and region.

Similar words: Gesichtsgrätsche

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    In my understanding it is more that "someone is so annoying that you desperately want to slap him, everytime you see him (on TV)"
    – Iris
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 7:11

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