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1. 萌萌哒 terribly cute


The phrase originated on a Chinese website called “douban”, and was used to refer to someone who was a bit strange and needed to take medicine as a result. In daily conversation, the phrase is now used to describe someone who is incredibly cute.

I did a make-up today and felt myself terribly cute.

2. 脸基尼 Facekini

2014年5月,脸基尼大妈在青岛重出江湖,脸基尼不仅是防晒神器,也可以防海里的虫子和海蜇, 更成为了新一代的时尚界宠儿。

When it comes to Chinese dama 大妈, or old grannies, you can’t ignore their fixation for purchasing gold and their love of square dancing. Recently, a new initiative was created by this group known as dama, which has had an enormous influence on the French fashion circle. This initiative is the so-called “脸基尼”, a bizarre mask used to cover a swimmer's entire head and neck down to their collar bones, equipped with holes for eyes, nostrils and mouth, so as to prevent people from getting a tan on their face. “脸基尼” is a phrase comprising the words face and bikini creating an entirely new meaning in the world of fashion. 
The Facekini has become an essential fashion item for trips to the seaside.

3. 逗比 ridiculous, stupid

In daily life, there is alw
ays a group of people who are ridiculous or a little strange in terms of their normal behavior. We can refer to these people as “逗比” . Initially, the word carried a derogatory meaning but it has slowly evolved into a positive term. It is often used to make fun of friends in a neutral way.

only a twit like him would do such stupid things.

4. 拉仇恨 court envy


“拉”  means “pull” and “仇恨” means “hatred”. “拉仇恨” together means “courting envy”. The word is often used when someone boasts about to his or her friends in order to make them jealous. For example, when you are very hungry at night and you see one of your friends posting pictures of delicious food that he has tasted abroad on social media, then you can say in jest, “Are you trying to make me envious?”
Jane is showing off her newly bought LV handbag on her WeChat, that’s just courting envy.

5. 作死 seek death


“作死” is a typical Chinese pet phrase, which literally means “to seek death”. The popular phrase commonly used on the internet in China “不作死就不会死” is its variant. The Urban Dictionary, an online slang dictionary in America, has included it and defined it as “no zuo no die”, meaning “If you don't do stupid things, they won't come back and bite you in the ass”, or “Try not do anything stupid and got yourself killed”, “You asked for it”, “You deserve it”.

6. 吐槽 complain, mock, disclose one's secret


“吐” means to “spit,” and “槽” is a “trough” or “tank.” The phrase “吐槽” came from Fujian dialect, literally meaning to “spit into other people’s bowls”. Nowadays, more and more people use it in daily life, and it simply means to “complain or abuse” others. Now it is widely used when someone commenting with a sarcastic tone, often right after someone else says or does something.

我在国外的生活太苦了,我要吐槽一下。 My life abroad is too tough and I need get my problems off my chest.




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