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二次元 er
4
 ci
4
 yuan
2
 

Nijigen/two-dimensional space

The concept er ci yuan (two-dimensional space) came from Japan. Japanese people use the concept er ci yuan to describe a series of anime and manga depicted two-dimensionally. In China, the Nijigen industry has become a hot-spot for investment. Besides, a great number of young Chinese people have become addicted to two-dimensional characters. Hence, another related term er ci yuan kong (Nijikon, Nijigen Complex/Addiction or 2D Complex/Addiction) is used to describe the crazed mentality of these young people who think that two-dimensional anime or game characters are visually, physically or emotionally more attractive than real-life people.

556 Buzzes


耳穿戴 er
3
 chuan
1
 dai
4
 

hearable

Literally meaning an electronic device which is worn in the ear, or er in Chinese, a hearable is some other kind of wireless gadget incorporating a computer. To date, one of the main applications of hearables has been in relation to the fitness trend seen in the wider wearables market. A hearable will entertain you and advise you on how to exercise right.

324 Buzzes


耳朵虫 er
3
 duo
1
 chong
2
 

earworm

This expression is a translation from English which derives from the German term "ohrwurm" for a portion of a song or other musical material that repeats persistently within one's mind. It is known colloquially as "music being stuck in one's head."

642 Buzzes


恶播 e
4
 bo
1
 

the vicious TV show

This phrase, meaning literally “vicious broadcasting,” has been popping up in Chinese media reports and online posters recently after several provincial TV stations telecast the same series using aggressive and unconventional methods in order to attract audiences. Some broadcast two or three episodes of the series more than 10 times a day, others presented an “abridged” version to “outplay” other TV stations. The phenomenon reflects a serious shortage of good TV products and lack of effective market regulations in the outlying country regions.

580 Buzzes


E点通 E dian
3
 tong
1
 

eletronic information guide

It refers to electronic machines now being installed in major hotels in Shanghai. Touch their screens and you will find out all kinds of cultural and tourism information to help you discover the city’s commercial attributes.

532 Buzzes


二维码 er
4
 wei
2
 ma
3
 

QR Code

A QR Code is a matrix code invented by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The QR is derived from "Quick Response." Camera mobile phone users with code-reading software can scan the image of the QR Code and be relinked to a Website that this code represents.

600 Buzzes


二手短信 er
4
 shou
3
 duan
3
 xin
4
 

second-hand SMS

It refers to mobile phone messages received from, and sent to, others. There are many such messages of greeting in circulation during holiday seasons. Using them displays a lack of originality, and even sincerity, as they are never your own.

602 Buzzes


恶意圈钱 e
4
yi
4
quan
1
qian
2
 

malicious money grabbing

Domestic stock markets plunged to a seven-month low last week amid mounting apprehension over new share offerings, which investors believed were part of a malicious intent to grab money from the markets. China Securities Regulatory Commission has warned listed firms to consider market conditions, investor sentiment and their own funding needs before deciding the timing and size of refinancing.

596 Buzzes


二次污染 er
4
ci
4
wu
1
ran
2
 

secondary pollution

Unclean cisterns installed on top of some residential buildings and the landfill sites for wastes often become the source of secondary pollution for tap water and the surrounding environment.

599 Buzzes


286 er
4
ba
1
liu
4
 

slow, stupid

It literally refers to the older model of computer running on a 286 CPU, which is slow. Now it's used humorously to mean someone who is slow or stupid.

475 Buzzes


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