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人皮面具 ren
2
 pi
2
 mian
4
 ju
4
 

human-like masks

Experts have raised concerns over the fad that young people are buying realistic-looking masks to have fun at parties, saying they could be used for criminal purposes.

567 Buzzes


冰箱男 refrigerator man 

bing1 xiang1 nan2

This refers to a man who appears cold but - like a fridge - contains good things, in this case a warm, caring heart, practical skills and tolerance of faults in others.

605 Buzzes


人肉胶囊 ren
2
 rou
4
 jiao
1
 nang
2
 

capsules made from dead babies

The drug capsules were reputed to contain the powdered flesh of dead babies which could cure diseases and boost male potency although the claims were not found to be proven.

569 Buzzes


软瘾 ruan
3
 yin
3
 

soft addiction

The term, unlike addiction to drugs or alcohol, refers to compulsive habits, behaviors or repeated sentiments which may bring about a short-term sense of satisfaction. Procrastination, excessive TV watching and frequent microblog refreshing or e-mail checking are among the most common examples.

536 Buzzes


软外交 ruan
3
 wai
4
 jiao
1
 

soft diplomacy

It refers to diplomatic moves, like investment and cultural exchanges, that contribute quietly to international influence, as opposed to hard diplomacy, like a pre-emptive war. The term is reminiscent of “soft power.”

595 Buzzes


软岗位 ruan
3
 gang
3
 wei
4
 

soft job

The UK government is to spend a billion pounds (US$1.7 billion) on creating 150,000 “soft” public sector jobs for unemployed people. Such socially useful jobs include child carers, dance assistants and tourism ambassadors.

604 Buzzes


人际泡沫 ren
2
 ji
4
 pao
4
 mo
4
 

interpersonal bubble

Refers to getting a bunch of name cards every day only to find you are unfamiliar with most of the people or the hundreds of buddies lining up on your MSN or Facebook but you chat with few of them. It is quite often nowadays that a person with a lonely heart is surrounded by a "social bubble. "

636 Buzzes


软裁 ruan
3
 cai
2
 

soft layoff/insidious layout

Some layoffs are done in a subtle manner. Some companies move an employee to a less important or lower pay position or send him or her on frequent business trips without covering the trip's expenses.

532 Buzzes


人肉布景板 ren
2
 rou
4
 bu
4
 jing
3
 ban
3
 

human photo scene

Film stars and other showbiz icons attract considerable attention from fans, who often ask them to pose for a photo so that they can later show it to others. The celebrities have become a prop in the photo for such fans.

616 Buzzes


人才抄底 ren
2
 cai
2
 chao
1
 di
3
 

recruit talents at bottom price

Some employers regard the global recession as a great opportunity to get high-quality professionals for a relatively low cost. Several overseas recruitment efforts have focused on overseas Chinese talents, more of whom are willing to work in China.

626 Buzzes


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