I was online recently and saw an image saying "肚纸饿“ (although I cannot presently locate it). I know "肚子饿” means "I'm hungry", but the character 纸 used in the image means paper. Was it used instead of the normal 子 because it sounds similar?

*对不起,我的中文真不好;这是我自己的翻译,我知道不是很简单看懂!* 我上网的时候看了一个照片说“肚纸好饿”。(不好意思,现在不会找到它。)我知道“肚饿的意思“,可是没听过了”肚“。是一样的吗?为什么有剪纸的纸跟肚子?就是应为听的是很像的吗?谢谢!

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    Just a funny way to show accent Dec 7 '18 at 1:05
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    I have read English edition Harry Potter. The big guy Hagrid always says something I couldn't understand. Just like a toddler's pronunciation. It's the same thing with your coming accross.
    – Zhang
    Dec 7 '18 at 2:19
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    This is one way to be cute. Yes we use this character because their pronunciation are similar. Similar thing like 这么可爱一定是蓝孩纸[男孩子]: So cute! That must be a boy!
    – xbh
    Dec 7 '18 at 7:12

Chinese netizens use words sounding similar to their authentic ones to express many feelings.

肚纸 (zhi) is easier to pronounce thus childish (think of a child not able to say difficult syllable) than 肚子 (zi). We call this 卖萌/装嫩. Often you ll have emoticons and modal particles together serving that aim.

E.G. 咕,我肚纸饿了啦(/≧ω\),快点去吃饭吧( •̥́ ˍ •̀ू )

Likewise, there are 孩纸(孩子)/傻敷敷(傻乎乎)/靴靴(谢谢)/敲(超)……

But you might see various "substitute" of original phrases. Here list some of them.

"Transliteration" of English (not official or formal, but the character combination is fun)

碧池(bitch)/狗带(go die)/爱豆(idol)/…… and their further extension “我看你有如一池春水(sounds beautiful, hah)”, But actually 一池春水>春天绿色的池塘>碧池>bitch>he/she is cursing you.

Substitute by more "cute" homophonic characters


Other innuendo





It is of course not the right way to write it if it meant to say "肚子饿". It could be a fashion trend to use "肚纸饿" to replace "肚子饿" because they sound similar. It is like when English people use french and made it official later on. For example, french people use soudier to mean mercenary and English people used it to create the word soldier. I don't know the fashion trend but that could be a reason.


子and纸, Thier pronunciation is similar Just like "Girl" in Chinese is “女孩子”also can say“女孩纸” “纸”A little cuter in expression than"子"


Their pronunciations sound quite same in Chinese.

However , "子" is quite more formal than "纸".

For example, you can usually see some news titles like "台湾一年轻女子当街炫富(A young lady show off her prosperity in the street in Taiwan)", where you can not use "年轻女纸" in this news title, it's too casual.

But in daily speaking or chatting on the Internet, you can use "纸" instead of "子" .It sounds cute in Chinese.


Just abuse of words. With similar pronunciation but incorrect character. Maybe like "CU" for "see you". You may know what does that mean in daily life, but not in rigorous writing. However, some online novels, IM texts or other similar circumstances this does happen.


OK,I am Chinese. "肚纸(zhi)" is a kind of imitate pronunciation of "肚子(zi)". People use this imitation for making them cute, or funny. In this case, 纸 may be replaced with any other characters which have the same or even the similar pronunciation. They are actually the same meaning.



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