2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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独角兽 du
2
 jiao
3
 shou
4
 

Unicorn

Traditionally, unicorn is a legendary horse with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. But in the business world, a unicorn (or unicorn company) has in recent times become the accepted description for a billion-dollar Internet start-up, usually no more than 10 years old. Of all the so-called Unicorns, Uber stands out above the rest.

230 Buzzes


短信脖 duan
3
 xin
4
 bo
2
 

text neck

Usually used in reference to a newly identified ailment linked to the neck, or bo in Chinese, after spending long periods hunched over a smartphone texting messages. Peering down at a screen puts undue stress on the neck, causing pain when it returns to its normal position.

235 Buzzes


逗比 dou
4
 bi
1
 

dobe

The Japanese slang word for “idiot” or “dead last.” Chinese youngsters use it to refer to a ridiculous person who is a stranger, or a funny one who is a friend.

377 Buzzes


待婚族 dai
4
 hun
1
 zu
2
 

wed-in-wait clan

Some young people in Chinese cities intentionally put off their wedding date to get financially better prepared for matrimony though they are psychologically and romantically ready.

542 Buzzes


电臀舞 dian
4
 tun
2
 wu
3
 

twerk

A kind of provocative dance by a woman involving hip movements while in a squatting position, notoriously performed by American pop star Miley Cyrus. The 21-year-old former child star uploaded a video to her Facebook page in March featuring the dance move. She then scandalously twerked up against Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in the fall.

523 Buzzes


剁手党 duo
4
 shou
3
 dang
3
 

online shopaholic

Those who shop excessively at e-commerce websites only to find what they bought is of little use. That makes them want to break the shopaholic habit by chopping off their hands (剁手 means to chop off the hands), hence the expression.

503 Buzzes


电量焦虑症 dian
4
 liang
4
 jiao
1
 lu
4
 zheng
4
 

battery anxiety

The anxiety some smartphone users feel when battery power is less than one-third. They often carry a mobile charger or have a backup battery.

545 Buzzes


稻草族 dao
4
 cao
3
 zu
2
 

last-straw group

The term refers to young elite white-collar workers whose health is seriously undermined by work and domestic pressure that they may collapse any day when the last straw comes.

473 Buzzes


低头症 di
1
 tou
2
 zheng
4
 

Phubbing

The information-era habit of snubbing friends or colleagues at a party by indulging in playing with one’s smartphone. A campaign has been launched to stop phubbing.

495 Buzzes


大楼病症状 da
4
 lou
2
 bing
4
 zheng
4
 zhuang
4
 

sick building syndrome

This refers to discomfort related to the time spent in an office building, with symptoms including headaches, dizziness and fatigue. This is attributed to poor air quality, toxic materials and electromagnetic waves.

495 Buzzes


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