The term deadpan first emerged early in the 20th century, as a compound word (sometimes spelled as two words) combining “dead” and “pan” (a slang term for the face)
Today I went and looked up the origin of the phrase ” Dead Pan ” and it got me to thinking.
Dead Pan sounds blunt but it manages to rolls off the tongue with unexpected grace.
Last year I went to an ice show with my granddaughter and one of the skaters nearly had a seriously bad spill but she pulled out of it and everyone cheered.
The phrase ” Dead pan ” does the same thing.
In addition, ‘dead pan’ sounds SO much better then ” Dead face. “
On the other hand ‘Dead face DOES have a cool ring to it and if given the chance it may be
able to come out of a potentially nasty spill with elegance too.amm
FOWC with Fandango — Deadpan