What Is 'Facepalm?' Is It the Same as '/Facepalm?'

Social media is filled with peculiar expressions

Facepalm: even animals experience frustration.
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There are plenty of acronyms and terms used in social media that didn't exist just a few years ago so you shouldn't be surprised when you run into a peculiar expression online and you're not quite sure what it means. If you've run into the term "/facepalm" and don't understand the writer's intent, here's how the term is used in online conversations.

About Facepalm

The term "facepalm" means the same as banging your head against your desk in the nondigital world.

It is an expression of frustration tinged with agitation. The visual is of a person smacking their forehead with their palm, often with the verbal expression "doh" to convey frustration out loud and a sense of the stupidity of the situation.

In the world of online gaming, you see the slash used as in /facepalm. The meaning of the term is the same with or without the slash. The slash command is commonly used as a gamer command, so adding the slash in front of the term is intended to be comic.

In online conversations, such as in forums and on Facebook posts, you may see /facepalm when an argument devolves into mindless bickering and people start to voice the dubious logic behind their beliefs.

About Headdesk

Speaking of banging your head against your desk, the term "headdesk" also appears online in forums and on social media sites. It is essentially an extreme facepalm. It is appropriate when someone says or does something so idiotic that you've given up hope of ever reaching them with your logic.