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狗带 gou(
3
) dai(
4

go die

The term gou dai is the homophonic expression of the English phrase “go die.” The homophonic expression came from the artist Huang Zitao’s rap lyrics “wo bu hui jiu zhe yang qing yi de go die” (I will not go die so easily) and has become a popular term on the Internet since then. The term can be used when people want to end a conversation by asking the other party to gou dai, or when stressed-out people let off the steam by saying “wo yao gou dai la” (I wanna go die). 事情太多做不完,我要狗带啦。 Shì qíng tài duō zuò bù wán, wǒ yào gǒu dài la. There is too much work to do; I wanna go die.

432 Buzzes


广场舞 guang
3
 chang
3
 wu
3
 

Square dance

Dancing in a public square is popular among middle-aged women in China, who dance to music on a stereo, which can cause noise complaints. Don’t confuse with US square dancing.

538 Buzzes


隔代寄养 ge
2
 dai
4
 ji
4
 yang
3
 

grandparent fostering

Many post-1980s' couples ask grandparents to bring up their children because they are too busy at work. But grandparent fostering focuses more on raising than teaching kids and experts say parents should be more involved as their children's personalities develop.

529 Buzzes


公交狂躁症 gong
1
 jiao
1
 kuang
2
 zao
4
 zheng
4
 

public transport rage

Many passengers on public transport easily fly into a rage during rush hour. Commuters who are usually calm and well-behaved argue or even physically fight each other to grab a seat. The stress caused by rushing to work and being held up in traffic jams contributes to these outbursts.

546 Buzzes


功利性离婚 gong
1
 li
4
 xing
4
 li
2
 hun
1
 

profit-driven divorce

A spin-off of government curbs on the housing market is the trend to rushed divorces in major Chinese cities, including Shanghai, to avoid a 20 percent capital gains tax on property sales. Many couples, however, are said to remarry once the deal is done.

542 Buzzes


光盘行动 guang
1
 pan
2
 xing
2
 dong
4
 

empty-dish drive

In response to a government call to cut down waste, many people in China have taken to clearing their plates at dinner parties.

546 Buzzes


国足 guo
2
 zu
2
 

foulsball

This buzzword has been coined by the online community to describe China's football teams which have been embroiled in scandals, such as match-rigging.

494 Buzzes


过劳肥 guo
4
 lao
2
 fei
2
 

overwork overweight

Some professions like IT and journalism are said to produce overweight employees because of high work pressure, a volatile schedule and irregular meal times. This expression is coined from 过老死, karoshi, which is Japanese for sudden death from overwork.

550 Buzzes


国民床单 guo
2
 min
2
 chuang
2
 dan
1
 

traditional bed sheet

Chinese people have been intrigued by an online posting showing a bed sheet style popular in the 1970s and 1980s which features a traditional fabric and pattern.

536 Buzzes


过劳肥 guo
4
 lao
2
 fei
2
 

obesity from overwork

Overwork and excessive sitting can lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other conditions.

496 Buzzes


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