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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.

5638 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.

325 Buzzes


暗香型女性 an
4
 xiang
1
 xing
2
 nu
3
 xing
4
 

low-profile women

Some female office workers are popular with colleagues mostly because they keep a low profile though they are professionally sophisticated and tastefully polished, in sharp contrast to their flamboyant peers.

537 Buzzes


App依赖症 app yi
1
 lai
4
 zheng
4
 

app potato

Some people use apps for almost every aspect of their daily life, from surfing the Internet to setting up an alarm clock, watching TV to studying. They become excessively reliant on their apps to get anything done.

589 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.

564 Buzzes


爱老虎油 ai
4
 lao
3
 hu
3
 you
2
 

I love you

The Chinese word which literally means “love tiger oil” is pronounced similarly to “I love you” in English. The saying comes from a Hong Kong kung fu movie in which the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) heroine is tricked by a Western-educated lover to say the words.

620 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.

677 Buzzes


挨踢人士 ai
1
 ti
1
 ren
2
 shi
4
 

IT workers

The expression is a transliteration of IT, the shortened form for information technology.

554 Buzzes


凹地效应 ao
1
 di
4
 xiao
4
 ying
4
 

land depression effect

When a person has an open mind, listening ears rather than a talking mouth, and tolerance, he or she tends to attract a good number of followers or friends. This is similar to a land depression that gathers water.

614 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.

573 Buzzes


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