2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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快进键生活 kuai
4
 jin
4
 jian
4
 sheng
1
 huo
2
 

fast-forward-key life

Chinese have been known to live a hyper-paced life as if motivated by a fast-forward key: cutting queues, running red lights and jaywalking. Compared with their peers in most developed countries, Chinese seem to be short of patience.

593 Buzzes


空调腿 kong
1
 tiao
2
 tui
3
 

air-con knees

This refers to knee disorders, such as painful joints, that female office workers suffer after long-term exposure to chilly air conditioning during summer. Skirts don't fend off the cold blasts as well as male colleagues' trousers.

582 Buzzes


困驾 kun
4
 jia
4
 

drowsy driving

A tired driver is at least as dangerous as someone who is drink-driving, research shows.

553 Buzzes


快闪族 kuai
4
 shan
4
 zu
2
 

flash mob

The term refers to a group of people who are rallied together through Internet posts or cellphone text messages to take part in an unusual and often pointless sudden act at a pubic place that catches onlookers totally unawares. They just as quickly disappear after the act, having satisfied their need to entertain, promote or satirize.

623 Buzzes


刻格薄 ke
4
 ge
2
 bo
2
 

meany, acrid, sharp-tongued

The term refers jokingly to those meanies who often throw harsh words or behave unkindly toward others. The term is pronounced in Chinese the same as KGB, the former national security agency of the Soviet Union.

632 Buzzes


快炒族 kuai
4
 chao
3
 zu
2
 

quick-handed speculator

Some people speculate on the stock, property or grocery markets only for a reasonable amount of return instead of stockpiling for huge profits, then sell-on in a short time instead of holding on to their investment for a long time. This group of people is believed to have contributed to the high inflation rate in China.

617 Buzzes


恐归族 kong
3
 gui
1
 zu
2
 

home-going phobia clan

The term refers to people who plan to return home for the annual family reunion during Spring Festival but are put off by the high travel costs and crowded transport. Most of them are migrant workers who have to spend the festival holidays in the area where they work as train tickets are sold out and they can’t afford planes.

579 Buzzes


开领工人 kai
1
 ling
3
 gong
1
 ren
2
 

open-collar worker

The term means freelance workers who turn their home into an office using modern communications and computer technology. The term is based on the fact these people may well leave their collars unbuttoned instead of following any office dress code.

695 Buzzes


宽裕教育 kuan
1
 yu
4
 jiao
4
 yu
4
 

pressure-free education

Japan has gradually reduced the amount of class time and the contents of textbooks since the 1970s, which is called ”yutori education,” or “pressure-free education.” However, due to the rising criticism that the education policy lowers children’s scholastic ability, Japan is taking steps to reverse the policy and textbooks become thicker.

631 Buzzes


砍价师 kan
3
 jia
4
 shi
1
 

bargaining agent

As group purchase is gaining popularity, some people operate online as an agent for the buyers to bargain with the sellers.

586 Buzzes


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