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Thread #165466   Message #3975713
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
09-Feb-19 - 11:46 AM
Thread Name: 'Backfisch' -- was ist das ?
Subject: RE: 'Backfisch' -- was ist das ?
It seems that there is no conclusive definition, neither on the Internet nor from native speakers we asked in person.

My impression is that the word originally referred to a nubile girl. The association "ready for consumption" would mark this meaning as sexist nowadays.

During the last decades of the 19. century, the meaning seems to have changed to pubescent girls, particular those whose ideas about love and independence are still in the making, frothing and sparkling like a fish in the frying pan. Many such girls would read one novel after the other: Backfisch-Literatur.

The term used in that sense is now out of vogue as well, not sounding "cool" enough. The phenomenon, though, has all but disappeared. YouTube has large sections dedicated to backfisches, often pretending to be produced by their peers. Puberty has always been an excellent target of commercialism and many other kinds of seduction.