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: 滚  f– off, go to hell, get lost, go away, leave me alone - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 滚 f– off, go to hell, get lost, go away, leave me alone

Discussion of the Chinese word "滚" grew heated on social media this week, when a Chinese official was suspended after using the word in a text message response.
Buzzword: 六边形战士 liù biān xíng zhàn shì, hexagon warrior - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 六边形战士 liù biān xíng zhàn shì, hexagon warrior

Japanese media often use hexagonal radar charts to display the strengths and weaknesses of table tennis players.
Buzzwords: 恋爱脑 liàn'ài nǎo/Love is all - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzwords: 恋爱脑 liàn'ài nǎo/Love is all

The phrase "恋爱脑" describes those who strongly believe "love is all."
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.
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