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: 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."
Buzzword: YYDS永远滴神 - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: YYDS永远滴神

"YYDS," the pinyin abbreviation of Chinese "永远滴神," is originated from eSports player Shiny Ruo when he shouted out "Uzi, 永远滴神!" to his idol Uzi, a retired Legend of League player.
Buzzword: 夺笋 mean or sarcastic - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 夺笋 mean or sarcastic

Literally, "夺笋" means fighting for bamboo shoots. Today, in China's social media platforms, it stands for "多损," referring to someone being mean or sarcastic.
Buzzword: gay达 gaydar - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: gay达 gaydar

The term "gay达" is translated from "gaydar," a portmanteau of gay and radar. 
Buzzword: 社会性死亡 social death - Art & Culture in China
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Buzzword: 社会性死亡 social death

In the book "The Undertaking," writer Thomas Lynch divided death into different categories. "When we die to those around us," he writes, "an end we might call our social death."
Buzzword: 早安, 打工人! Morning, labors! - Lifestyle in China
Lifestyle

Buzzword: 早安, 打工人! Morning, labors!

Check out the meanings of some popular terms used in the local press and seen on Chinese social media. 
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