2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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微传销 wei
1
 chuan
2
 xiao
1
 

WeChat distributed sales

Some WeChat users are using the social media app to sell products to their families and friends. In some cases, individuals are using their one credibility and emotional bonds to bilk others with phoney sales offers.

239 Buzzes


猫爸 mao
1
 ba
4
 

Cat Dads

Cat Dads are sensitive men who believe in nurturing their children to get the best from them. Cat Dads married to Tiger Moms should expect a bumpy ride.

236 Buzzes


狼爸 lang
2
 ba
4
 

Wolf Dads

Wolf Dads make Tiger Moms look like pussy cats. Their approach to child rearing is almost Draconian, with many regarding the beating of youngsters as a good thing.

223 Buzzes


羊妈 yang
2
 ma
1
 

Sheep Moms

Sheep Moms adopt a far more laissezfaire approach to their children’s schooling. The attitude of such women is likened in the Chinese language to herding sheep.

202 Buzzes


虎妈 hu
3
 ma
1
 

Tiger Moms

Mothers who are very strict with their children and push them to be the best not only at school, but also at extracurricular activities are known as Tiger Moms.

212 Buzzes


颜性恋 yan
2
 xing
4
 lian
4
 

yan (appearance) bisexual

This term describes people who can fall in love with anyone who is beautiful. This term is developed from another Chinese buzzword “颜值”(appearance index).

231 Buzzes


心塞 xin
1
 sai
1
 

feel stified

The Chinese word is a short version of “心肌梗塞” xinji gengsai, a medical term that means heart attack. Now the term means hard feelings, or feeling uncomfortable about something.

304 Buzzes


友尽 you
3
 jin
4
 

dudevorce

The word is a combination of dude and divorce, which means a breakup between two friends. The Chinese version means that two best friends end their friendship.

201 Buzzes


爱问鬼 ai
4
 wen
4
 gui
3
 

askhole

This is an equivalent of the none-toopolite English term for someone who constantly asks for advice but never takes it — or indeed does the opposite. In Chinese ai wen can mean love-to-ask, while gui — a ghost — is often used as a form of abuse.

305 Buzzes


创客 chuang
4
 ke
4
 

maker

Featuring the Chinese character chuang, meaning to create, this term emphasizes a creativity and passion for making things. The types of people who it identifies are just as varied — from those who focus on home crafts to IT experts, welders to game players. The maker culture representing an extension of DIY culture — often with a technology angle.

221 Buzzes


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