This is the ChinaSMACK glossary. Wondering how outdated it is. Would something more up to date and/or more comprehensive exist, or this is pretty much it?

Edit: Found This from Baidu. Very useful, but not much in the way of explanations.

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    The ChinaSMACK glossary is probably the best, most up-to-date such glossary available in English. I'd be curious to see what better Chinese-language resources there are, but I'd be surprised if you found a better English-language one. Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 16:53

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As someone involved in chinaSMACK, I wouldn't say the glossary is "outdated" since the terms on there were notable enough in our translations of trending Chinese internet content that we decided they should be added.

It is, however, far from comprehensive, precisely because we only tend to add to it as a consequence of the terms we see often while translating. We don't go out of our way to add to it, since it is meant to serve as a reference to supplement our translated content. For example, if a Chinese netizen comment includes the acronym LZ, we can just leave it as "LZ" in our translation and instead link that "LZ" to its entry in the glossary. We feel this allows to keep some of the form and flavor of the original in our translations, rather than just translating it directly to "original poster" (which is what LZ simply means).

I suppose we don't delete stuff that is no longer as commonly seen ("My dad is Li Gang") and thus they might seem "outdated" but because we have content that links to those entries, we leave them in and figure they are still notable for having been popular at a point in time.

If you want another resource that is also in English, check out the Grass Mud Horse Lexicon by China Digital Times:

http://chinadigitaltimes.net/space/Grass-Mud_Horse_Lexicon http://chinadigitaltimes.net/space/Introduction_to_the_Grass-Mud_Horse_Lexicon

Note: CDT is blocked by the GFW in mainland China.

CDT built this quite awhile after chinaSMACK had its Glossary. It used to use Wiki software (doesn't seem to anymore) and, to be honest, I remember it feeling more comprehensive than it looks now that I'm revisiting it. I can't post more than two links so look for the search by alphabetical order page as well.

If you look through their categorical organization and list of terms, you'll notice a strong emphasis on cataloging terms involving stuff that appears more in circles discussing politics, censorship, and dissidence. This is because of CDT's editorial focus, whereas chinaSMACK tends to focus more on mainstream Chinese internet culture. For example, there doesn't seem to be an entry for 熊孩子 (naughty/unruly kids) though it is currently a common internet slang term both in terms of humor as well as referencing certain social issues involving children.

Hope this helps!

P.S. Sorry if it doesn't help if you're looking specifically for acronyms. Acronyms are often just of the Chinese word in pinyin, and weren't created or used specifically to be acronyms or shorthand but to avoid censorship of certain characters/terms. For example, the use of GCD (共产党) is different in nature than YOLO (You Only Live Once). The latter could be said to be a way of shortening a catchphrase, but the former was designed to avoid filters or searches for the actual Chinese characters.

  • I didn't mean the word outdated in a negative sense. Chinese seems to be changing quickly, especially with the internet - I didn't notice any changes to the glossary, or there were changes and I didn't notice them, so I just threw that word out there. The sense I meant to convey was - was I missing anything? I find the translations in chinaSMACK super useful and helpful in learning Chinese. Keep up the good work.
    – Steve
    Commented Oct 31, 2014 at 15:54

you need to know:china is no have internet freedom!

PK(like “VS” or (Player versus player,PvP))

ZF (政府,ZhengFu,“gov“)

GCD (共产党,GongChanDang,https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/共产党

TMD (他妈的,TaMaDe,like"WTF")

JC (警察,JingCha,is “police”)


  • PK itself is an English word.
    – Stan
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 14:50
  • not an answer. op is looking for glossaries not (small) lists.
    – Mou某
    Commented Dec 25, 2015 at 15:08

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