Word of the day for Monday, December 6th

Santa Claus, you sure did come early this year. I realize that it was the website BoingBoing that pointed me to a recent Reddit thread detailing peoples’ favorite foreign words and idioms that don’t translate adequately into English, but the thread is so wonderful and generous that I know it must have really come from you.

Not only do we have the classic German word backpfeifengesicht (a face in need of slapping) that for some mysterious reason has never made it to this site’s Word Of The Day feature even though I’ve been aware of its fantasticness for some time, but we have the more PG-13 rated Dutch word

Swaffelen: to slap a half-erect male reproductive organ in another person’s face. Swaffelen! Merry Christmas, everybody!

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