2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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X一代女性 X yi
2
 dai
4
 nv
3
 xing
4
 

X-generation women

The term refers to university-educated married women who stay childless to put their career ahead of all else. Generation X women are supposed to have it all: an education, a career and little family pressure.

601 Buzzes


侠贪 xia
2
 tan
1
 

“Knightly” corrupt official

This refers to a corrupt official who uses a bit of his or her bribes and ill-gotten gains to do good deeds for the public, such as planting trees. It’s an amusing distinction since so many corrupt officials wouldn’t use a personal penny for the public good. Perhaps the knights are trying to salve a guilty conscience with a bit of charity.

599 Buzzes


软骨症 ruan
3
gu
3
zheng
4
 

“soft bone” syndrome

This refers to the phenomenon of some authorities conniving at malpractice by their subordinates after taking bribes from them.

623 Buzzes


《星星》游 xing
1
 xing
1
 you
2
 

“Star”-themed tour

Some Chinese travel agencies have come up with a tour package featuring places where South Korean soap opera “My Love from the Star” was shot, to bank on the craze of fans who are following the hit TV series.

613 Buzzes


三股势力 san
1
gu
3
shi
4
li
4
 

“Three Forces”

Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries signed 10 documents, including an agreement on cutting off the infiltration channels of the “Three Forces,” namely terrorists, separatists and extremists at a summit meeting on June 15 in Shanghai

606 Buzzes


知音体 zhi
1
yin
1
ti
3
 

“zhiyin” style

“zhiyin”(Confidant) refers to a well-known Chinese tabloid magazine which always publishes sensational, agitating and moving love stories. Since many people are addicted to reading them, some authors or editors use a "zhiyin"style headline on some stories to attract more readers.

572 Buzzes


百元周 bai
3
 yuan
2
 zhou
1
 

100-yuan week

Some white-collar workers in Shanghai have started to change their bourgeoisie lifestyle for a more thrifty one in face of the ongoing financial crisis. Some put online posters among popular BBS communities to call on people to control their expenditure within 100 yuan from Monday to Friday, including costs on food, traffic, entertainment, shopping and sport activities.

564 Buzzes


35岁现象 san
1
shi
4
wu
3
sui
4
xian
4
xiang
4
 

35 phenomenon

The term describes a phenomenon of government officials at or below 35 years of age becoming susceptible to corruption. It used to be the 59 phenomenon, meaning an official becoming prone to corruption on the eve of his retirement.

588 Buzzes


3Q战争 san
1
 Q zhan
4
 zheng
1
 

360-QQ Battle

The term refers to a battle over alleged unfair business practices between Tencent, operator of the popular instant-messaging software QQ, and Qihoo 360, China's biggest antivirus service provider. The battle escalated as Tencent stopped service to QQ users whose computers were detected to have installed Qihoo 360's software. It ended following mediation by China's government.

542 Buzzes


3D人群 san
1
 D ren
2
 qun
2
 

3D laborers

As Chinese businesses invest in less developed countries, many Chinese laborers have supported overseas projects by doing dangerous, difficult and dirty jobs.

532 Buzzes


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