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I just heard "去你的头" in a joke, and while it sounds like an approving "go ahead" OR "go with your head/what you think" I realized at the end of the joke it's kind of an equivalent of "go f*** yourself" in English. Can someone confirm this is what it means. What are some other sayings that are similar to this?

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slang is always interesting ... –  Stan Jun 28 '13 at 16:14
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It is just a way to express disapproval to someone's stupid idea. Not really equivalent to the F word. –  Question Overflow Jun 29 '13 at 3:42
    
I have edited the question to narrow the scope. Asking for "other ambiguous sayings" is to broad a topic, I have narrowed it down to similar sayings. –  xiaohouzi79 Jul 10 '13 at 6:55
    
In Singlish, the direct translation "your head" is a widely used colloquialism. It means the same thing, roughly on par with 'you dumbass' in American English. –  AcidFlask Jul 30 '13 at 4:59
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Well, it's not the entire phrase 去你的头... 去你的 alone roughly means f*** you.

Even though you should be learning more useful phrases... here are some more ambiguous favorites:

Numbers:

  • 三八(n) san1 ba1: stupid, foolish (typically used to describe a naive, ditsy female
  • 二百五 er4 bai3 wu3: stupid, idiot

From stories:

  • 猪八戒 zhu ba jie4: fat, pig-like (Pig character from Journey to the West)

Others:

  • 冷 leng2: boring, lame... like 冷笑话 = boring joke (lit: cold)
  • 臭屁 chou4 pi: arrogant, show off (lit: smelly fart)
  • 闪啊 shan3 a: kind of like a "get outta town..."
  • 妈的: ma de: Damnit! (lit: mom's thing)

I'll try to think of more.

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now 你妹 (your sister), 尼玛(the homophonic form of 你妈, your mother) are popular. The meaning of verb/adj + 你妹/尼玛 is like verb + 你的头 and adj + 个头. Sometimes, they are written in homophonic characters, e.g. 泥煤, 尼煤, or 尼妹(你妹). –  Stan Jun 28 '13 at 16:23
    
BTW, I think the impression of 三八 wouldn't be stupid or foolish. Generally 三八婆 describes a woman who is frivolous, reckless, lunatic, womanishly fussy, and fond of saying gossip and listening to gossip and meddling in others' business. –  Stan Jun 28 '13 at 16:37
    
Very helpful and I am looking forward to more. In American slang, I would just say to you "right on!" –  user43633 Jun 28 '13 at 18:52
    
also, i know of 吊丝 (diao si) which I would consider something like a "creepy" unlikable nerd or geek. –  user43633 Jun 28 '13 at 18:58
    
@user43633 屌丝/吊丝 is just the opposite of 高帅富(a man who is tall, handsome, and rich). Not exactly mean nerd or geek. –  Stan Jun 30 '13 at 17:17
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Expanding on @simonmysun's answer "你的头" at the end of a sentence can be used as a gentle rebuke and said with a mocking or sarcastic tone.

Similar to "that's what you think" or "yeah, right!" at the end of an English sentence.

Sometimes my son might ask to eat chocolate right when dinner is served and the English conversation goes something like this:

My son: "I'm just going to eat some chocolate now" (while opening the fridge door)

My wife: "Chocolate, yeah right! Go and wash your hands"

In our house this would be in Chinese and go something like this:

儿子: “我要吃一个巧克力吧!”

妈妈: “巧克力你的头!你快点去洗手。”

You see in this case "你的头" is suitable for use with children and not like telling someone to go f*** themselves.

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Go ahead!

Here's the joke:

A employee said to his Chinese employer, 'Can I go for a trip?' 'Go ahead!' he responsed. The employee started packing his luggage happily. His colleague reminded:'At the employer's level, his word "go ahead" must means "去个头!"'

23333 (which means, LOL)

P.S. "去个头" and "去你的头" are the same meaning. And "Go a head" is just paraphrased "去" "个" "头".

Actually, the phrase "verb. + 个头" or "verb. + 你的头" itself can be an negative answer to a question. But used when the two know each other very well. Or the one who answers is at a higher level.

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Good joke. But it would be better to be a little more serious, and to add explanations for Chinese Internet slangs, e.g. 233(=LOL). –  Stan Jul 7 '13 at 6:16
    
Oh.. Sorry.. I'll add it soon. –  simonmysun Jul 9 '13 at 1:47
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it's usually used among friends, when A told a joke or B laughed at somebody, you can use "去你的” as a response.

I mean "f*** you" is a little bit strong tongue.

You can take it as " Come on~ " " You are joking " ...

Some similar phrase: 少来了(not serious);*你说笑呢(you're joking)* ; 一边儿去(get away from me)


PS : there is a different context, when argue happens. It means "f**k off" "get out ". (Chinese: 滚蛋)

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