2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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心塞 xin
1
 sai
1
 

feel stified

The Chinese word is a short version of “心肌梗塞” xinji gengsai, a medical term that means heart attack. Now the term means hard feelings, or feeling uncomfortable about something.

304 Buzzes


小鲜肉 xiao
3
 xian
1
 rou
4
 

small fresh meat

“Small fresh meat” is used to describe male actors who are young, good-looking and have good body shapes. Usually these male actors are between 12 and 25, without many experiences in relationships. This buzzword is also sometimes used to describe beautiful females between 12 and 18 who haven’t dated much.

332 Buzzes


熊孩子 xiong
2
 hai
2
 zi 

mischievous kids

Used in most cases to indicate some affection on the part of parents or older generation toward the child who is naughtily lovable.

388 Buzzes


形式婚姻 xing
2
 shi
4
 hun
1
 yin
1
 

nominal marriage

Some couples are man and woman only in name, in that they keep their private lives to themselves, including a sexual partner, and may both be homosexuals.

491 Buzzes


心理肥胖症 xin
1
 li
3
 fei
2
 pang
4
 zheng
4
 

brain obesity

People's thinking is dulled after taking in too much fragmental information from social platforms, a study has discovered.

496 Buzzes


洗宝 xi
3
 bao
3
 

Alipay laundering

Some criminals have targeted 支付宝 or Alipay accounts, which is hugely popular among online shoppers, in hacking attacks over the past few months. The Chinese expression borrows from 洗钱, which means money laundering.

492 Buzzes


《星星》游 xing
1
 xing
1
 you
2
 

“Star”-themed tour

Some Chinese travel agencies have come up with a tour package featuring places where South Korean soap opera “My Love from the Star” was shot, to bank on the craze of fans who are following the hit TV series.

613 Buzzes


学癌 xue
2
 ai
2
 

Serious school syndrome

Symptoms of some students, usually around exam time, include aversion to textbooks, anxiety, addiction to bed and smartphones, and daydreams of passing without preparation. The symptoms are said to be contagious, hence the Chinese term.

534 Buzzes


消费疲劳 xiao
1
 fei
4
 pi
2
 lao
2
 

promotion fatigue

Consumers are worn out by the large number of promotions by Chinese retailers, either mortar-and-brick shops or websites, that offer unattractive discounts.

536 Buzzes


洗肺游 xi
3
 fei
4
 you
2
 

lung-clearing tour

Given the recent smog, some travel agencies have promoted tours to places known for good air quality like the southern Chinese cities of Guilin, Lijiang and Sanya and overseas destinations of Bali, Maldives and Phuket.

534 Buzzes


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