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狼爸 lang
2
 ba
4
 

Wolf Dads

Wolf Dads make Tiger Moms look like pussy cats. Their approach to child rearing is almost Draconian, with many regarding the beating of youngsters as a good thing.

194 Buzzes


脸基尼 lian
3
 ji
1
 ni
2
 

facekini

Popular in the eastern China port city of Qingdao for years, it is a mask made of stretchy fabric commonly used in bathing suits.

380 Buzzes


拉仇恨 la
1
 chou
2
 hen
4
 

to court envy

When someone shows off to his or her friends anything from a newly bought bargain to a weight loss achieved in a short time, some of the friends will say, as an indirect flatter, that it is an act of courting envy.

421 Buzzes


脸部内衣 lian
3
 bu
4
 nei
4
 yi
1
 

facebra

A face-shaping fabric device that is strapped on the face to reverse signs of aging. The wacky beauty fad has been popular among online communities in the United States.

595 Buzzes


冷减肥 leng
3
 jian
3
 fei
2
 

mild weight loss

A way of losing weight by adjusting diet and exercising more often. It is in contrast to those who go on a drastic diet and start a strict exercise routine.

467 Buzzes


零电视族 ling
2
 dian
4
 shi
4
 zu
2
 

TV-free clan

Some young people have dumped the traditional habit of watching TV programs on TV itself - turning instead to computers and mobile devices like iPad and smartphones for TV programs.

501 Buzzes


恋爱起步价 lian
4
 ai
4
 qi
3
 bu
4
 jia
4
 

start-up price for love relationship

This phrase refers to the salary expectations of a prospective partner. Research found that post-90s women in Wuhan, Hubei Province, wanted their boyfriends to earn at least 4,959 yuan (US$808) a month.

533 Buzzes


裸居 luo
3
 ju
1
 

naked living

In summer, some urbanites prefer to go naked at home, sparking discussion about freedom, privacy and good manners.

487 Buzzes


留守婚姻 liu
2
 shou
3
 hun
1
 yin
1
 

separation marriage

Millions of rural Chinese women stay home for years taking care of their kids and elderly family members as their husbands work far away from home as migrant workers in large cities. The long period of separation often renders the marriage fragile.

532 Buzzes


裸商 luo
3
 shang
1
 

returnee business people

Some Chinese business people obtain a foreign citizenship, transfer assets overseas, then return to China as a foreign investor to get preferential treatment. They can also make an easier exit if they fall foul of authorities.

476 Buzzes


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