She asked if they carried the "Good Christian" style, you know … pink, bedazzled, and with a four inch heel … the poor sales guy of course facepalmed and said "no" and there was a lot of giggling …'. A smile, wink, frown, thumbs-up, thumbs-down, clenched fist, scratch of the head, grimace, furrow of the brow — all these are gestures of non-verbal communication which can convey our feelings far more effectively than words. And there's another gesture which you'll doubtless be familiar with, that expression of dismay, frustration or embarrassment conveyed by moving our hand up against our face. Though we may recognize it, how do we describe it? Well now there's finally a single term of reference for it: the word facepalm. If you're still having trouble visualizing exactly what a facepalm is, check out the following image.
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A facepalm is the physical gesture of placing one's hand across one's face or lowering one's face into one's hand or hands, covering or closing one's eyes. The gesture is often exaggerated by giving the motion more force and making a slapping noise when the hand comes in contact with the face. The gesture is found in many cultures as a display of frustration , disappointment , exasperation , embarrassment , horror ,  shock , surprise , exhaustion , sarcasm , or incredulous disbelief. The term facepalm often used on its own in the same manner as an interjection might be means that the palm of the hand is brought to the face with fingers splayed as if grasping. The earliest known evidence of this word is found in records of an Usenet post now archived at Google Groups bit. It's blonde now.