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
    Jul 13, 2019 at 9:45
  • dwds.de/wb/Fotze
    – Carsten S
    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 :) 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. :-| 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 (»der Hobel« is a fad or planer, i.e. a tool that a carpenter uses) are synonyms for Mundharmonika, i.e. a harmonica (mouth organ), again without any sexual or dirty connotation.

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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    Definitely does not mean slut in English. Jul 13, 2019 at 10:33
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    Both, the German "Fotze" and the English "cunt" can be used as swear words for the female genitalia. Both can also be used in a "pars pro toto" way as swear words for a woman as a whole. In the latter sense, "slut" and "cunt" / "Fotze" are similar. One swear word for a woman is derived from the behaviour the woman is accused of ("slut"), the others are derived from the woman's body parts that are seen as "unsavory". Jul 13, 2019 at 11:07
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    I disagree. Cunt is way more offensive than slut. Same goes for Fotze and Schlampe. Jul 13, 2019 at 12:53
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    As far as I know, the English word slut is only used for a female person, but not for her genitalia. Same is true for the German word Schlampe. So slut matches with Schlampe, and cunt and twat matches with Fotze and Fut. But slut is not a proper translation for Fotze or Fut. Jul 13, 2019 at 13:13
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    Don't forget Hoit Dei Fotzn means shut your mouth in some parts of Germany. Jul 13, 2019 at 17:49

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