2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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实体店 shi
2
 ti
3
 dian
4
 

bricks-and-mortar store

The phrase refers to a physical store where customers can go and pick up their parcels ordered online. Amazon. com recently opened its first bricksand- mortar store at the Purdue University campus in Indiana in the United States. It calls the store a “customer order pickup and drop-off location.”

273 Buzzes


手贱 shou
3
 jian
4
 

loose fingers

While sticky fingers is a term used for thieves, loose fingers refers to those who can’t stop buying things online. Such individuals quickly regret buying things they don’t really need when they receive the bill at the end of the month.

254 Buzzes


手机恋人 shou
3
 ji
1
 lian
4
 ren
2
 

mobile lover

The term refers to a new “sweet talk” service from Taobao, in which people can hire someone to play the role as their virtual lovers via mobile phones, sending text or voice messages as emotional support to lonely hearts. The online communication service is charged at least 20 yuan a day.

269 Buzzes


刷阅族 shua
1
 yue
4
 zu
2
 

hired WeChat readers

Some operators of public accounts on WeChat pay people based on the number of clicks on articles published in the hope of boosting their potential to attract advertisers.

384 Buzzes


世界悲 shi
4
 jie
4
 bei
1
 

World Cup woes

It refers to anything undesirable revolving around celebrations of the World Cup by the soccer fans, such as drunk driving, illegal gambling, or neglected wives or girlfriends seriously. The Chinese expression sounds exactly like 世界杯,or World Cup.

401 Buzzes


烧包式消费 shao
1
 bao
1
 shi
4
 xiao
1
 fei
4
 

ostentatious spending

Some Chinese students studying in US universities have reportedly attracted much attention for their luxury lifestyle that overshadows their American peers who are even richer.

427 Buzzes


杀伤性叫醒 sha
1
 shang
1
 xing
4
 jiao
4
 xing
3
 

startling wake-up

People are sometimes woken up with a start, for example, by a shout or a sudden jab or kick by their spouse.

524 Buzzes


上网无聊症 shang
4
 wang
3
 wu
2
 liao
2
 zheng
4
 

Internet boredom

It refers to the depression and anxiety some people experience when surfing the Internet aimlessly to kill time.

509 Buzzes


手机夜游族 shou
3
 ji
1
 ye
4
 you
2
 zu
2
 

smartphone sleepwalkers

Some young people are in the habit of using smartphones in the bed in a dark room before slipping under the covers. Doctors have warned that long-time use of smartphones in the dark does damage to the cornea, as shown by reported clinical cases in the country.

550 Buzzes


手机出轨 shou
3
 ji
1
 chu
1
 gui
3
 

phubbing stray

Spouses whose partners spend too much time on smartphones, who tend to stray due to neglect. Women aged 30 to 50 are said to be most prone to phubbing stray.

584 Buzzes


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