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爱豆 ai
4
 dou
4
 

Idol

The term ai dou is the homophonic expression of the English word “idol.” This phrase originated from Korea, where the singers, actors and actresses are referred to as ai dou by fans. Influenced by Korean shows, Chinese fans have also started using this expression to address their idols. At first, ai dou was only used in contexts related to Korean celebrities, but this term has become used in daily conversations when someone mentions his/her idol or favorite figures in a relaxing or informal way.

5658 Buzzes


外向孤独症 wai
4
 xiang
4
 gu
1
 du
4
 zheng
4
 

outgoing autism

Refers to those who apparently look easy-going and have many friends but who have no one to confide in.

1498 Buzzes


月嫂 yue
4
sao
3
 

maternity matron

Chinese women traditionally are confined indoors for a month after delivering a baby on the grounds that they are particularly susceptible to various gynecological diseases in this period. During the maternity month, maids, usually married women already having their own kids, are hired to take care of the newborn and the mother.

1339 Buzzes


双失青年 shuang
1
 shi
1
 qing
1
 nian
2
 

double-loss youth

It refers to youth who lose both their job and lover almost at the same time. Under the current global financial crisis, many young people get dumped by lovers after losing their job because they refuse to maintain an unemployed boyfriend or girlfriend.

1033 Buzzes


瘦人基因 shou
4
 ren
2
 ji
1
 yin
1
 

skinny gene

British and Swiss scientists have discovered from a study of 95,000 people's DNA that humans with duplications of chromosome 16 are more likely to be skinny. One out of every 2,000 people is affected by the lean gene, which can make men 23 times and women five times more likely to be underweight.

853 Buzzes


庞氏骗局 pang
2
 shi
4
 pian
4
 ju
2
 

Ponzi scheme

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organization, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors.

832 Buzzes


北京镑 bei
3
 jing
1
 bang
4
 

Peking pound

The term was coined by British media to refer to Chinese people’s huge purchasing power. More Chinese are going abroad to buy luxury goods in countries such as Britain and the United States and many stores have appointed Mandarin-speaking assistants to help Chinese customers cash in their so-called “Peking pounds.”

811 Buzzes


拉黑 la
1
 hei
1
 

blacklist/block

An expression used to refer to blocking someone from viewing your posts on a social networking site. It also means to blacklist a person or organization.

802 Buzzes


韩剧三宝 han
2
 ju
4
 san
1
 bao
3
 

killer tactics of Korean soaps

The reason that South Korean soap operas have become a hit with females these days, some people say, is that the series usually employ three killer factors: long legs (of actors and actresses), beautiful faces and wealth, unlike the typical fare of road accidents, cancer and incurable diseases.

797 Buzzes


中间性格 zhong
1
 jian
1
 xing
4
 ge
2
 

ambiverts

Zhongjian is the Chinese equivalent for the Latin prefix ambi-, meaning on both sides. For years, psychologists have divided people into two basic personality types: introverts and extroverts. But experts suggest there’s middle ground on the personality spectrum, and people referred to as “ambiverts” fall somewhere in between. Ambiverts have more balanced personalities.

768 Buzzes


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