2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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妈宝男 ma
1
 bao
3
 nan
2
 

Mama’s boy

The term ma bao nan describes a man who is not independent enough to make decisions by himself at an age when men are expected to be independent, and who remains greatly influenced and manipulated by his mother. The term also implies a mother’s strong dominance over her son. Similarly, people use ma bao nu to describe a female with the same traits

584 Buzzes


猫爸 mao
1
 ba
4
 

Cat Dads

Cat Dads are sensitive men who believe in nurturing their children to get the best from them. Cat Dads married to Tiger Moms should expect a bumpy ride.

249 Buzzes


抹胸 mo
3
 xiong
1
 

banding/banning breasts

How can you flatten a woman's breasts by banding them with a piece of cloth? The expression came after The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television halted the TV drama "Empress of China", starring Fan Bingbing, just one week after screening due to its flamboyant and revealing costumes. When it finally resumed for screening, people found all the women in play had their breasts "eliminated."

267 Buzzes


明明病 ming
2
 ming
2
 bing
4
 

The "I shouldn't really but..."

Old habits die hard. Knowing you shouldn't do something but doing it anyway. The expression is used to describe some people who may find it difficult to change or give up their accustomed behavior, such as smoking or procrastination.

267 Buzzes


萌萌哒 meng
2
 meng
2
 da 

cute

Chinese young people these days use the expression to describe someone that is lovely, dreamy, cuddly, shy and beautiful. Anything lovely is also applicable.

478 Buzzes


卖萌交际 mai
4
 meng
2
 jiao
1
 ji
4
 

play-cute socializing

This describes some young Chinese office workers who get along well with their older colleagues by putting on an innocent look.

500 Buzzes


满血复活 man
3
 xue
3
 fu
4
 huo
2
 

fully refreshed

Chinese youths have borrowed the term from game jargon to refer to the state of being fully refreshed or recovered after a failure, defeat or exhausting task.

560 Buzzes


卖萌 mai
4
 meng
2
 

play cute

An expression used in both online posts and mainstream publications to refer to an adult affecting childlike characteristics.

584 Buzzes


媒商 mei
2
 shang
1
 

media quotient

Chinese government officials have begun to realize the importance of communicating through media outlets. The skills involved comprise what Internet users term as their "media quotient."

541 Buzzes


末日表白 mo
4
 ri
4
 biao
3
 bai
2
 

doomsday wish

In response to those irregularly proposed doomsday scenarios, many young Chinese passionately discuss unfulfilled dreams, posting effusive thoughts to family and friends about love, faith and hope.

594 Buzzes


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