Buzzwords

In this column we try to improve the English rendering of new Chinese phrases or terms popping up frequently in the local press or daily conversations.
In this column we try to improve the English rendering of new Chinese phrases or terms popping up frequently in the local press or daily conversations.
Buzzword: 哄睡播客 hǒng shuì bō kè, sleepcast - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 哄睡播客 hǒng shuì bō kè, sleepcast

"Sleepcast," the combination of sleep and podcast, is a new kind of audio content designed specifically to create the right conditions for healthy, restful sleep.
Buzzword: 饮茶先啦! Go grab a tea first! - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 饮茶先啦! Go grab a tea first!

The popular meme comes from a video that Bernard Tee posted on his Facebook page in early March of 2020.
废物点心 eye candy, useless trinkets, snacks - Art & Culture in China
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废物点心 eye candy, useless trinkets, snacks

 It originates from the Beijing dialect and is used to describe things that are beautifully presented, but of little use.
Buzzword: 盲盒, máng hé, blind box - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 盲盒, máng hé, blind box

Blind boxes are a popular trend across the world where consumers pay a retailer to ship them a box with a random assortment of novelty items inside. 
Buzzword: 降维打击 a dimensional collapse strike - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 降维打击 a dimensional collapse strike

The expression comes from the Hugo Award-winning science fiction trilogy "The Three-Body Problem," written by Chinese author Liu Cixin.
Buzzword: 御三家 gosanke the big three, a triumvirate - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 御三家 "gosanke" the big three, a triumvirate

The expression dates back to the Sengoku Period (1467-1615) in Japanese history.
Buzzword: 撕漫感 manga-ish, cartoonish - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 撕漫感 manga-ish, cartoonish

A newly coined expression, "撕漫感" is used to describe people who looks or dressed up pretty much resembling certain characters in comics, Japanese manga and anime series.
Buzzword: 这不比博人传燃?  Isn't it more exciting than Boruto? - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 这不比博人传燃? Isn't it more exciting than "Boruto?"

The expression originates from an audience of "Boruto," the spin-off of "Naruto" – one of the best-loved manga and anime properties in the world.
Buzzword: 好嫁风 Easy-to-get-married style - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 好嫁风 Easy-to-get-married style

A recent Weibo post cast the spotlight on a fashion trend called "easy-to-get-married style." 
Buzzword: 针不戳 Neat/great/brilliant - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 针不戳 Neat/great/brilliant

The expression "针不戳" derives from its homophone "真不错," translating to "great, neat or brilliant."
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