First of all please do not be offended by any swearing in this question, I didn't mean it.

As stated in this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmLBk4cYP4s&t=275s (4:36)

Fot(Fotomodell) + ze(Zeitbombe) = Fotze

And the author says it has a positive meaning. I've encountered however "Fotze" used as a curse e.g.

Du Scheiß-Fotze!

But besides this obvious example containing "Scheiße". Google translate also translates "Fotze" as "cunt" in English.

Was that guy pranked by someone with this Fot+ze explaination or has it a positive meaning is some dialects / contexts.

I would not use it either way, but you know. I'm curious. :)

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    It's most likely a joke. What is the relation between a photo model and a time bomb, so why should there be an abbreviation for the combined terms?
    – RalfFriedl
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 9:45
  • dwds.de/wb/Fotze
    – Carsten S
    Commented Jul 13, 2019 at 10:27
  • @RalfFriedl Yeah probably... When I think of it right now while replaying that part of the video you're probably right. So I was pranked at some extent :) Commented Jul 14, 2019 at 13:37
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    As a newspaper journalist (in the past) I was used to use acronyms for newspapers made up from the first letters of the parts of their names. FAZ and TAZ are famous in Germany anyway. I worked for a newspaper Schwäbische Zeitung which the locals were used to call SchwäZ. Then I spent three years in Leipzig where the local newspaper is called Leipziger Volkszeitung. I could not get rid of the idea of reading the Leipziger VoZe. :-| Commented Jul 14, 2019 at 20:02

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The Word Fotze has the same origin as the word Fut, (middle high German: vut) and both are gross and dirty words for vagina. There is no other usage than as swear words. It is similar to the English words twat and cunt.

But Fotze is in Bavaria and Austria also a collogial term for slap in the face (synonym for Ohrfeige) without any sexual or dirty connotation, and in rural regions of Bavaria and Austria Fotze also is a dialect word for mouth, and so Fotzhobel and Fotzenhobel are synonyms for Mundharmonika, i.e. a harmonica (mouth organ), again without any sexual or dirty connotation. (»Der Hobel« is a fad or planer, i.e. a tool that a carpenter uses.)

The word is an old word. As said above, it already existed in German language in the 15th century, many centuries before foto models and time bombs existed. It is related to the German adjective faul and also to the english adjective foul (rotten, stinky) and also to the German disgust expletive pfui! (fie! or ugh! in English).


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