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Old December 13 2012, 02:38 PM   #27
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Re: They teach Latin at Starfleet Academy?

emergencyfruit wrote: View Post
In German, there's a non-vulgar word which refers to a person who is outrageously tactless, arrogant, or otherwise insufferable: Backpfeifengesicht. The closest approximation English can make is "a face that cries out for a fist in it". So the universal translators, on seeing that word, must either turn the one word into that roundabout (if humorous) phrase, or else replace it with some other, less perfect word. Perfectly fine for day-to-day, but the true zest of the original would be forever just out of reach...
Actually it seems to be a popular English idiom these days to say that someone has a "punchable" face. So that comes pretty close.
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