2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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跑步膝 pao
3
 bu
4
 xi
1
 

runner’s knee

As the name suggests, this term refers to a common ailment among runners, which usually causes aching pain around the kneecap. But it can also strike any athlete who does activities that require a lot of knee bending —like jogging, biking and jumping.

218 Buzzes


蒲公英心态 pu
2
 gong
1
 ying
1
 xin
1
 tai
4
 

dandelion mentality

It refers to the mentality of some office workers who work strenuously in unfavorable conditions until they stand out among their peers. It’s like a dandelion that survives sterile land to bloom.

560 Buzzes


屏幕少年 ping
2
 mu
4
 shao
4
 nian
2
 

screenagers

A British survey of 3,000 youngsters found that many teenagers spend nearly 10 hours a day staring at smartphones, TV, iPads, laptops or playing video games.

533 Buzzes


电话失忆症 phonesia 

dian4 hua4 shi1 yi4 zheng4

It refers to when you forget who you are calling after dialing the number.

543 Buzzes


陪逛族 pei
2
 guang
4
 zu
2
 

personal shopper

Personal shoppers accompany clients on shopping trips and help choose colors, patterns and styles that match their taste. They also help them bargain and carry clients' bags, charging up to 100 yuan (US$16.30) an hour for their expertise. The range of services offered extends to image building and etiquette.

524 Buzzes


漂绿 piao
3
 lv
4
 

Greenwash

The phenomenon of environmentally destructive companies launching “green” PR or green marketing campaigns to create the perception that they are environmentally friendly.

479 Buzzes


拍照乱入 pai
1
 zhao
4
 luan
4
 ru
4
 

Photobombing

The term refers to ruining other people’s photos by making silly faces or suddenly moving into the background before the photos are taken.

596 Buzzes


庞氏骗局 pang
2
 shi
4
 pian
4
 ju
2
 

Ponzi scheme

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organization, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors.

685 Buzzes


拼爹 pin
1
 die
1
 

parents privilege competition

The term was coined by Chinese youngsters to voice their frustration at privileges given to some people whose parents hold a position of power or have a deep pocket. It literally means "competition between fathers."

533 Buzzes


拼爹 pin
1
 die
1
 

parents privilege competition

It was coined by Chinese youngsters to voice their frustration at privileges given to some people whose parents hold a position of power or have a deep pocket. It literally means "competition between fathers."

531 Buzzes


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