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One of my chinese friends always writes this on my notebook at University and laughs.

I don't seem to understand what's so funny about it. any explanation would be fantastic.

closed as off-topic by Don Kirkby Jun 13 '14 at 14:49

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  • When pronounced cao4, it means 'fuck'. This is a slang. – user58955 Jun 10 '14 at 17:36
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    too young, too simple, too naive – Stan Jun 11 '14 at 4:03
  • This question made me chuckle :) I can totally imagine your friend laughing as he writes it, I can't help but laugh as well :) – Ming Jun 11 '14 at 4:37
  • @Stan 作为一个长者 我只能说 图样图森破 拿衣服! – Archeosudoerus Jun 11 '14 at 15:44
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it looks like a vulgar word was posted as a joke. – Don Kirkby Jun 13 '14 at 14:49
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"操" means "fuck".

It's usage in Chinese is close to fuck in English.

ps:As a Chinese I can understand him , at hometown you rarely have any chance to say those bad language whenever and wherever you want in public because everyone knows what you are saying.

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It has multiple meanings. The relevant one here is "fuck".

Some other meanings of the character:

  1. To hold, to grip
  2. To control
  3. To train
  4. To speak in a specified language or accent
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One of the meanings of 操 is fuck.

In Chinese, you can say "fuck your relatives (e.g. father, mother, grandma etc)"

Common use:

fuck your

  1. mum 操你妈;

  2. grandma 操你奶奶.

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