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0到N 0 dao
4
 N 

zero to N

The word describes a person who goes from rags to riches overnight, not a Cinderella, but a social climber. An OtoNer may also disguise himself as a “somebody” to rub shoulders with “upper class” society.

538 Buzzes


37度女郎
3
7 du
4
 nv
3
 lang
2
 

every man’s dream woman

It is a type of woman who is well-educated, well-paid, good-natured and good-looking and who is adored by every man. As 37 degrees Celsius is the human body temperature, her company makes people feel pleasant and comfortable.

615 Buzzes


3A族
3
A zu
2
 

class clan/triple straight-A clan

Chinese born between 1970 and 1985 face high housing, living and medical costs but still want straight-A love, straight-A family life, and straight-A career.

483 Buzzes


A货 A huo
4
 

top-grade fakes

Quality matters even in the case of bogus goods. If a counterfeit can challenge the professional eye, it is a top-grade fake.

504 Buzzes


A咖 A ka
1
 

lead cast

It means a leading actor in a movie or drama and “咖” is the transliteration of the English word "cast." It also refers to frontline showbiz pop stars.

545 Buzzes


A型城市 A xing
2
 cheng
2
 shi
4
 

type-A metropolis

The term refers to boom cities where many people live at a fast pace and work under great pressure. The term is derived from the theory that tends to divide personalities into type A and B. Type A people are said to be arrogant and irritable, eager for quick success.

575 Buzzes


阿拉佛 a
1
 la
1
 fo
2
 

arafo

The term, derived from Japanese, is a borrowed word which means “around 40.” It refers to well-educated single females aged around 40 who are financially independent and spend lavishly. It has become popular from its use in the namesake Japanese TV series starring Amami Yuki last year.

622 Buzzes


阿飘 a
1
 piao
1
 

ghost

The word, literally meaning "float" in Chinese, is a "nickname" for ghosts or phantoms because they are always described to be floating in air and drifting from place to place.

513 Buzzes


阿尔法女孩 a
1
er
2
fa
3
nv
3
hai
2
 

alpha woman

Alpha women can always outperform men in study, work and sports. So, where there are alpha women, there are beta men.

547 Buzzes


阿木林 a
1
mu
4
lin
2
 

moron

The expression in Shanghai dialect is a transliteration from the English word. It came into use after foreign powers set up concession areas in the city in the mid-19th century.

509 Buzzes


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