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粉眼航班/紫眼航班 fen
3
 yan
3
/zi
3
 yan
3
 hang
2
 ban
1
 

pink-eye flight/purple-eye flight

Fenyan is pink-eye, and ziyan is purpleeye. If a red-eye flight is a long overnight flight, a pink-eye is any flight just short of that, while a flight that is taken or arrives at midnight could be defined as a purple-eye.

277 Buzzes


分分钟 fen
1
 fen
1
 zhong
1
 

right away/a fraction of a minute

A colloquial expression used commonly in southern Chinese coastal areas but has spread to print media thanks to the Internet.

431 Buzzes


父婴时代 fu
4
 ying
1
 shi
1
 dai
4
 

paternal care era

More and more Chinese fathers have joined women in buying childcare products online, in contrast to the tradition of only mothers taking care of the kids’ daily needs.

548 Buzzes


反性别消费 fan
3
 xing
4
 bie
2
 xiao
1
 fei
4
 

unisex consumption

Consumption is reported to be less and less sex-oriented in a modern world, with men and women buying products traditionally used by the other sex. Fragrances and skin care are no longer exclusive to women.

534 Buzzes


法律太残忍 fa
3
 lü
4
 tai
4
 can
2
 ren
3
 

law too harsh

After a woman's boyfriend stabbed her eight times for demanding a break-up, she asked him to have sex with her. He later rushed her to hospital but was held by police. In handcuffs and facing prison, he lamented to a TV crew that he would not see his lover for years, saying "the law is too harsh." The phrase was picked up by netizens.

563 Buzzes


粉色旅游 fen
3
 se
4
 lü
3
 you
2
 

pink tourism

A niche tourism category for gay and lesbian couples with revenue generated referred to as "pink dollars."

564 Buzzes


负面人 fu
4
 mian
4
 ren
2
 

no-man

A term to describe those who a prone to giving negative or passive responses to daily occurences when a positive or proactive reaction is warranted.

532 Buzzes


房闹 fang
2
 nao
4
 

housing trouble-maker

This is applied to home buyers who lodge unjustified protests against developers following a mark-down of apartments in the same residential community. They protest that the homes they bought earlier have depreciated in value.

499 Buzzes


反季淘 fan
3
 ji
4
 tao
2
 

off-season shopping

Purchasing winter clothing in summer or other off-seasons to take advantage of discounts to save money.

505 Buzzes


浮游照 fu
2
 you
2
 zhao
4
 

levitation photo

An online fad of photographs taken when people are airborne, as if they were floating in the air.

549 Buzzes


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