2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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你行你上 ni
3
 xing
2
 ni
3
 shang
4
 

you can you up

This buzzword comes from quarries between basketball fans, meaning, “You should go and play if you are so good at it.” It is usually said to sarcastic fans when they are mocking players on the court.

217 Buzzes


脑洞 nao
3
 dong
4
 

mind hole

Like having phantoms in the brain, the expression is used to describe someone with an over-reactive imagination that may generate eccentric and mismatched ideas that are difficult to pin down.

220 Buzzes


脑补剧 nao
3
 bu
3
 ju
4
 

imagination-consuming soap operas

Some Chinese TV soap operas leave some developments or some R-rated scenes to the viewer’s imagination unwittingly or intentionally, hence the expression.

412 Buzzes


逆生长 ni
4
 sheng
1
 zhang
3
 

grow young

Young Chinese people use it to describe anyone, especially young women, who looks younger than they really are.

482 Buzzes


女汉子
3
 han
4
 zi 

manly woman/Fe-male

Some women are in the habit of acting or speaking in a manly manner, like removing a beer bottle cap with their teeth or frequently using four-letter words, but it doesn't mean they are homosexual.

524 Buzzes


男丁格尔 nan
2
 ding
1
 ge
2
 er
3
 

male nurse

This is a play on "南丁格尔," the Chinese translation of the surname of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Male nurses are reported to account for only about 1 percent of all nurses in China.

548 Buzzes


脑残粉 nao
3
 can
2
 fen
3
 

fanboy/fangirl

Obsessive followers of a showbiz star or a brand who are prone to irrational acts when their icon is criticized.

523 Buzzes


挪假式放假 nuo
2
 jia
4
 shi
4
 fang
4
 jia
4
 

holiday pooling

The Chinese government in recent years has reorganized working days to provide longer holiday breaks for national holidays such as the Chinese Lunar New Year.

519 Buzzes


逆天 ni
4
 tian
1
 

against nature/incredible

Chinese netizens use this term extensively to describe the incredible skills of some people or the outrageous nature or character of a development. As these properties go beyond normal understanding, they are considered to be against nature.

509 Buzzes


内涵帖 nei
4
 han
2
 tie
1
 

punning posts

Some online postings are open to different interpretations, with the superficial ones being bland but easy to understand. Others have a deeper meaning, often sarcastic, but are more difficult to figure out.

514 Buzzes


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