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I am having a hard time explaining the concept of 吐槽 to a foreigner. How can I explain the nature of 吐槽? I tried something like this but it doesn't seem to convey the art of 吐槽 in full:

吐槽 is the act of making a random, half-serious comment on something, usually not relevant to the point of that "something".

I feel like this explanation is not good enough. Is there a better way to explain it?

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MDBG:吐槽

(slang) to roast

to ridicule

I'd also opt for to make fun of sth/sb.

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It appears to be the English colloquial equivalent of "negging". Making fun of something or someone lightheartedly to make a statement about something.

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吐槽 , in a general sense, means "to point out the flaws of something", but in a more extended and "less serious" way.

It's mainly used for:

  • complaining about something, and then (sometimes)
  • ridiculing about something

An example of 吐槽:

“加载一个视频怎么这么慢?”

Why is the video taking such a long time to load?

“我爷爷家的网络要比你们快得多!”

My grandpa's house's internet is so much faster than yours!

(I'm not sure if that's appropriate or not, but you get the idea.)

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To explain it in chinese.
抱怨,怨天尤人,发牢骚,说闲话。

  • I don't think the OP is looking for an explanation in Chinese... – Qwerp-Derp May 10 '17 at 11:31
  • Seems not accurate. – songyuanyao May 10 '17 at 11:53

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