What does Facepalm mean?

Slapping your own face with your hand when you’re embarrassed

When someone does something that is incredibly embarrassing, irritating, or surprising, you might react by smacking your hand to your forehead. This action is known as a facepalm. It’s a way to express your disbelief or exasperation without using words.

A facepalm can also be used in online communication. For instance, if you’re chatting with someone and they say something that’s shockingly ignorant or silly, you might type ‘facepalm’ to show your reaction. It’s a quick and easy way to convey your feelings without needing to explain them in detail.

There’s even an emoticon that represents a facepalm. It looks like this: (/ _ < ). This emoticon is often used in online chats or emails to show that you're facepalming in real life (IRL). It's a visual representation of the action, making it easier for people to understand your reaction.

So, if you ever find yourself in a situation that leaves you feeling shocked, embarrassed, or just plain annoyed, you now have a new tool in your communication arsenal. Just type ‘facepalm’, or use the facepalm emoticon, and your feelings will be clear.

Example for using ‘Facepalm’ in a conversation

Ugh, I just spilled coffee all over my shirt.

Facepalm (/ _ < )