2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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僵尸肉 jiang
1
 shi
1
 rou
4
 

zombie meat

In horror stories, a jiangshi or zombie, is a dead person who has been brought back to life. Zombie meat refers to decadesold frozen meat that is served after being soaked in hydrogen peroxide to make it look fresh and edible. Police have recently intercepted more than 100,000 tons of frozen chicken, beef and pork smuggled into China.

287 Buzzes


简约穿搭风 jian
3
 yue
1
 chuan
1
 da
4
 feng
1
 

normcore

Normcore is a fashion trend of deliberately wearing ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing. In Chinese, it’s a blend of words of jianyue (simple), chuandai (dressing) and feng (style). In normcore, flashy logos, flamboyant colors and trademark designs are out, while unbranded, sensible grey/blue/black, buy-it-anywhere bottoms, tops and trainers are in.

323 Buzzes


饥饿式寄宿 ji
1
 e
4
 shi
4
 ji
4
 su
4
 

hunger-game style boarding

The expression was newly coined when Wuhan University of Science and Technology started this fall to offer limited two-bedroom suites only to those students who work the hardest to gain the privilege.

413 Buzzes


假意拥抱 jia
3
 yi
4
 yong
1
 bao
4
 

hate hug

A type of hug by two people at a public appearance who are hostile to each other in private.

528 Buzzes


近视相亲 jin
4
 shi
4
 xiang
4
 qin
1
 

photoshopped date

Some urban young people who decide to go out with a potential Mr Right or Ms Right after seeing their date's pictures posted online and feel cheated once they face each other, since more often than not the photos have been altered electronically.

585 Buzzes


镜面相貌 jing
4
 mian
4
 xiang
4
 mao
4
 

mirror gap

A recent survey has found that 75 percent of respondents say that they are better-looking than they are, possibly motivated by psychological reasons.

593 Buzzes


节庆式孝亲 jie
2
 qing
4
 shi
4
 xiao
4
 qin
1
 

festival filial act

In this fast-paced age, many young Chinese are so busy with their work that they only visit their parents during holiday breaks, especially when they live in a different city.

526 Buzzes


驾驶肩 jia
4
 shi
3
 jian
1
 

driver's shoulder disorder

This term refers to the discomfort in the shoulder joints of drivers who damage tendons by reaching into the back seat to find things.

607 Buzzes


解毒贴 jie
3
 du
2
 tie
1
 

sobering post

A post featuring poorly shot photographs tends to make shutterbug decide against buying the camera or lens used. 解毒 literally means to detoxify, as Chinese refer to people obsessed with a certain thing as being poisoned by them.

626 Buzzes


精神贿赂 jing
1
 shen
2
 hui
4
 lu
4
 

sweet-words bribery

Instead of using cash or gifts, some people employ endearing or flattering words to win over the heart of their boss.

569 Buzzes


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