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“Face palm” seems to be the new It Girl of cool expressions. This phrase refers to an act of stupidity. Today, I even saw “double face palm.” Presumably, this expression is twice as cool. The action itself of hitting one’s forehead in this manner has been around for a long time. But the Urban Dictionary‘s listing that notes that a speaker actually says “Face palm” rather than literally palming his face, was only added on 10/31/10.

About Verla

Wordfreak. Retired private investigator and Spanish court interpreter. Erstwhile librarian. Texan by birth, cheesehead by upbringing, latina by soul, in New Mexico by choice. Lover of things purple. Passionate participant in the Librivox audiobook recording project. We record books that are in the public domain in the U.S. The recordings are then placed in the public domain themselves.
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