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中间性格 zhong
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 jian
1
 xing
4
 ge
2
 

ambiverts

Zhongjian is the Chinese equivalent for the Latin prefix ambi-, meaning on both sides. For years, psychologists have divided people into two basic personality types: introverts and extroverts. But experts suggest there’s middle ground on the personality spectrum, and people referred to as “ambiverts” fall somewhere in between. Ambiverts have more balanced personalities.

695 Buzzes


桌怒 zhuo
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 nu
4
 

desk rage

Some office workers will vent their anger by smashing keyboards over trivial issues when they can no longer bear work pressure.

462 Buzzes


中国腐女 zhong
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 guo
2
 fu
3
 nü
3
 

Chinese rotten women

Funu or “rotten women” refers to young women who like gay stories. The word first came from Japanese “fujoshi,” featuring bromance in fiction, TV dramas, films and ACG (animation, comics and games). Chinese funu appeared after the third season of the BBC drama “Sherlock.” It is credited for Sherlock fan fiction and video clips depicting the detectives as a couple.

647 Buzzes


主席套餐 zhu
3
 xi
2
 tao
4
 can
1
 

Xi’s lunch set

Chinese President Xi Jinping was spotted queuing up, ordering and paying for a lunch at a traditional bun shop in Beijing. The event went viral after diners at the eatery took pictures and posed with Xi and posted them online. His ordering of six buns stuffed with pork, onions, green vegetables and stir-fried pig livers and intestines becomes a popular hit in the eatery, especially among tourists.

563 Buzzes


自拍照 zi
4
 pai
1
 zhao
4
 

selfie

The pictures that smartphone users take of themselves and, most often, posts online for friends to comment on.

631 Buzzes


中国空气病 zhong
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 guo
2
 kong
1
 qi
4
 bing
4
 

China air pollution disease

“China air pollution disease” is the upgraded version of “Beijing Cough.” It is a term describing disease caused by China’s poor air quality. It has become common because of recent smog and haze. Experts say China’s PM2.5 air pollution (particulates below 2.5 micrometers) can cause deadly diseases.

567 Buzzes


指尖毒瘾 zhi
3
 jian
1
 du
2
 yin
3
 

Finger addiction

“Finger Addiction” is not the addiction of fingers, it’s technically the addiction to smartphones. It is a new word describing a group of people overly dependent on smartphones. They hold them all the time to play games or check if there are new messages or news on their social networking sites.

562 Buzzes


中国式插队 zhong
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 guo
2
 shi
4
 cha
1
 dui
4
 

queue jumping the Chinese way

A Chinese will cut in a queue while bringing along a few other friends or family members as well, which is considered an aggravated form of bad manners.

555 Buzzes


中国式旅游 zhong
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 guo
2
 shi
4
 lü
3
 you
2
 

Chinese tourists’ bad habits

Some Chinese people traveling overseas have made themselves stand out with bad manners like talking loudly and spitting in public places or indulging in taking pictures at scenic sites without allowing time or space for other tourists.

519 Buzzes


职场恶霸 zhi
2
 chang
3
 e
4
 ba
4
 

workplace bully

Refers to employees or executives who threaten, intimidate or verbally abuse their colleagues or subordinates to get promoted.

532 Buzzes


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