2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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情绪污染 qing
2
 xu
4
 wu
1
 ran
3
 

Emotional pollution

When people spend too long watching the terrible scenes of an accident, such as the recent Tianjin blasts, they may come to feel scared or depressed. Like air pollution that travels from one area to another, long and persistent negative emotions can spread between individuals, causing anxiety or depression that weighs everyone down.

259 Buzzes


轻宵夜 qing
1
 xiao
1
 ye
4
 

brinner

Brinner is a fusion of breakfast and dinner. It’s the idea of eating breakfast foods when you finish a day’s work in the wee hours of night. Since it’s too late to enjoy a full meal before bed, night munchies are served. This usually consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast such as eggs, pancakes, waffles and cereal.

241 Buzzes


抢红包 qiang
3
 hong
2
 bao
1
 

Snatch a red envelope

Literally meaning to “snatch a red envelope,” this has led to public concern as China’s three major Internet companies Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent have joined up with businesses and gone against tradition to give gift money to users a week before the Spring Festival. According to tradition, red envelopes are handed out during the holiday.

252 Buzzes


求赞贴 qiu
3
 zan
4
 tie
1
 

likebait

The term refers to any piece of web content posted with the definite aim of compelling social media users to like it in the sense of showing that you agree with or enjoy something by clicking the “Like” button associated with it.

200 Buzzes


亲密付 qin
1
 mi
4
 fu
4
 

add-on pay

Same as Add-on Card. It is a privilege offered to the spouse, parents or children of a primary holder of Alipay Wallet, a mobile payment app launched by Alipay, China’s largest online payments provider. The primary payer can set the fee limit for an add-on account and all expenses incurred on an add-on account are billed to the primary account.

218 Buzzes


穷癌 qiong
2
 ai
2
 

unsatisfied craving

This refers to a craving for something that can not be satisfied due to lack of money.

440 Buzzes


轻奢生活 qing
1
 she
1
 sheng
1
 huo
2
 

light luxury life

This refers to an urban lifestyle that features small luxury accessories like clutch bags, belts, sunglasses and fragrances that young people buy while staying within their means.

522 Buzzes


情绪时差 qing
2
 xu
4
 shi
2
 cha
1
 

emotional clock

The "emotional clock" is affected by hormones, seeming to follow a certain cycle, with certain periods of the day coinciding with positive peaks and negative troughs. These vary from person to person and with differences between males and females.

553 Buzzes


秋收女 qiu
1
 shou
1
 nü
3
 

marry-rich women

Some young women look to marry rich businessmen aged in their 60s and 70s. The expression"秋收" means "autumn harvesting" referring to the wealth these women can reap.

522 Buzzes


求职疲劳 qiu
2
 zhi
2
 pi
2
 lao
2
 

job-seeking fatigue

It refers to the symptoms like anxiety, depression, irritability and insomnia that a person suffers after repeated failure to find the right job.

558 Buzzes


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