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网红经济 wang
3
 hong
2
 jing
1
 ji
4
 

Cyber-star economy

The term wang hong jing ji refers to the economic phenomenon related to cyber stars. Wang hong jing ji first attracted wide attention when cyber star Jiang Yilei (also known as Papi Jiang) secured 12 million yuan (US$1.85 million) worth of venture capital. The concept of wang hong is not new, but Jiang’s achievement set a new benchmark and ignited a debate over whether wang hong jing ji has been prevalent in China in recent years.

616 Buzzes


歪果仁 wai
1
 guo
3
 ren
2
 

foreigner

The term meaning a “tilted nut” is often used by modern Chinese to refer to their foreign friends in a humorous way while chatting online. It is a phonetic similarity of what the Chinese call foreigners wai guo ren, only with different characters. The wai in “tilted nut” is pronounced in the first tone, while the wai in “foreigners” is pronounced with the high falling tone. The result is a slight mocking of foreigners who often cannot identify the tones of different Chinese characters.

270 Buzzes


网警 wang
3
 jing
3
 

Internet police

Police in 50 Chinese cities went online starting June 1 in an effort to crack down on the spread of illegal and “harmful” information via Weibo, WeChat and online messaging boards. Internet users can report illegal online activities to police officials’ social network accounts 24 hours a day.

282 Buzzes


微传销 wei
1
 chuan
2
 xiao
1
 

WeChat distributed sales

Some WeChat users are using the social media app to sell products to their families and friends. In some cases, individuals are using their one credibility and emotional bonds to bilk others with phoney sales offers.

261 Buzzes


微学历 wei
1
 xue
2
 li
4
 

nanodegree

Nano means extremely small, or wei in Chinese. So the term has been coined to refer to a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills. The core principle of the nanodegree is that it’s vocationally focused, and not necessarily a one-off qualification but something which people might acquire several of in their working lifetime.

269 Buzzes


微笑抑郁症 wei
1
 xiao
4
 yi
4
 yu
4
 zheng
4
 

smiling depression

The term gets people’s attention after the sudden, tragic death of American comedian Robin Williams. Someone is depressed, but he doesn’t consciously know or accept it. They wear a smile most of the time during the day, only to put up more and more stress.

363 Buzzes


网络羞涩 wang
3
 luo
4
 xiu
1
 se
4
 

web shy

Some people refrain from sharing their ideas, feelings or personal information on the Internet because of fear that their privacy will be leaked and then taken advantage of.

655 Buzzes


吻友 wen
3
 you
3
 

kiss partner

It is reported in a Japanese magazine that 36 percent of married women have developed extramarital kissing, but not sexual, relations with men.

491 Buzzes


无手机焦虑症 wu
2
 shou
3
 ji
1
 jiao
1
 lu
4
 zheng
4
 

nomophobia

It’s shortened from “no mobile phone phobia,” or the anxiety that users have once out of mobile phone contact.

541 Buzzes


乌龙指 wu
1
 long
2
 zhi
3
 

fat finger

A sudden surge of Shanghai stocks recently was initially blamed on a fat-finger glitch but was later attributed to design flaws in the order execution system.

565 Buzzes


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