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Questions related to slang, i.e. a type of language that consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal.

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A word for "dating", "game", "seduction"

I'm trying to learn some new words and it came to my mind this word we use in English "game", not like videogames or games to have fun but this "game" that involves talking to ...
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What does 「雷鍋氣心樓,猴氣猴嗨賽雷敢窩」 mean?

The above is a screenshot from a youtube video I am a native Cantonese speaker, even I can't figure out what 「雷鍋氣心樓,猴氣猴嗨賽雷敢窩」」 meant. I am sure it is not 「這件事就當沒發生過」 I have no problem with the rest. E....
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Parsing a coworker's "About Me"

One of my coworkers has the following as their About Me on slack: 小老板不说话装糕手 多捞哦 As someone who recently joined this company, I'm embarrassed to admit I don't know what it means - I can translate it, ...
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Is there a colloquial word for 'bro'?

I know 弟弟 and 哥哥, but I've also heard something like 大哥 being used and I've also been referred to as 兄弟 when someone younger than me greeted me。 Are there any other variants? And which one is most ...
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Is there a Mandarin counterpart for the Cantonese slang 做媒?

做媒 (jyutping) zou6 mui4; (pinyin) zuo4 mei2 literally means "be a matchmaker" However, there is a Cantonese slang 做媒 /zou6 mui42/ that means: be a salesperson's decoy a partner of a street ...
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what's the meaning/origin of 呲东西停不下来桑?

I came across this sentence that is puzzling me, especially the last characters: 呲东西停不下来桑 Its meaning should be "I can't stop eating" but I cannot really understand where is coming from. ...
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What is 乜 doing in my landlord's WeChat message 明天有人在家乜?

I live in Beijing, and my landlord (who I think is from the Dongbei region) sent our group this WeChat message yesterday: 明天有人在家乜 We're getting a new fridge delivered, and she wants to know if ...
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What is N件事? (Cantonese)

I saw the title of a video: 關於福麵嘅N件事. 福麵 is a brand of noodles with a huge 福 writing on the packaging. What then is N件事? Is it a Cantonese slang I am unaware of?
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Criteria of making an acceptable word/character in Chinese

In the English language, the dictionaries are updated yearly to include new words and modifications of current spellings that have been accepted due to common usage. For example, the internet age saw ...
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Is 几号 a slang word for heroin?

Looking up 几号 in the Pleco dictionary returns a definition different from what one might expect from the usual meaning of the phrase. Is 几号 really used as a slang for heroin?
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Translation of a slang for 'mutual flattering'

circle jerk (vulgar, slang) Any group or group activity indulging in excessive mutual praise. When I try to translate this term in this context, I come up with 互相吹捧 and 互相奉承 (mutual flattering). It ...
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What does 饭圈类 ("rice-ring kind") indicate in 生产这些饭圈类产品?

口号手环、贴纸、小旗子、手幅、胸章……义乌的大小作坊,为4年一度的美国大选,生产这些饭圈类产品,正规名称是总统竞选产品。 义乌再次判定:特朗普连任,2020年04月30日 The above article discusses Trump-themed merchandise and its manufacture in Yiwu (义乌), comparing the 2016 and ...
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Why say 少说两句 to break up a fight?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~25m45s), during an argument the protagonist calls another pregnant woman a 骚货 ("slut") and they start physically fighting. A third woman tries to break them up and ...
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Do 饶舌 and 说唱 mean the same thing in Chinese?

Google translate gives "Rap" for "饶舌" and "说唱" for "Rap" Do 饶舌 and 说唱 mean the same thing in Chinese? Is it about spoken vs. written?
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What is the meaning of 会 in 你们太会了 and the sentence's connotation?

Context: There was a photo of a Chinese celebrity sitting down and some fans cropped and pasted that photo on different photos, so it looked the person was sitting on a horse or bicycle etc. The ...
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Are there loanwords from Portuguese used in Macau Cantonese?

I'd like to know if there are some words from Macau Cantonese that are from Portuguese. As HK Cantonese has some words from English, I think Macau also can have some words. Thank you for any examples ...
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Why does "I go" also mean damn it? (我去)

According to MDBG, 我去 is slang, meaning "shoot" or "dang." But obviously, it also means "I go." Does anyone know the etymology of this? Did it arise from people angrily saying that they're so upset ...
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What is the meaning behind 川皇, which is some kind of slang for "Donald Trump"?

On Reddit's r/China_irl, I saw a poll about the US election in November. What surprised me is that Donald Trump seems to be called 川皇. Searching for 川皇 on Google indicates it's not just a typo, so I'...
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What does ...玩得转 mean?

In an opinion piece about recent criticism towards China, Hu Xijin wrote: 再有就是特朗普公开针对中国撒弥天大谎,向中国推卸他们抗疫失败的责任,居然在美国能够玩得转。是什么把美国公众搞得这么好骗,一眼就能看穿的甩锅把戏却有声有色地一集一集表演着,在美国也太容易带节奏了。 刷新认知,美国的人命竟然这么“不值钱”, 胡锡进, ...
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Is 白加黑 ("white add black") slang for 感冒药 ("cold medicine")?

I'm reading the book 喜欢你,我也是, and I encountered this: 张侃侃无语地摊摊手:“可我既不是医生,也不是白加黑啊!” “对于生病的谈晋而言,你就是他的医生,就是他的白加黑。”叶莉亚边说边郑重地点了点头。 (A sample text containing this part is here.) I understand 张侃侃 has ...
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Explain the concepts 沙雕 and 沙雕图

I came across these two words recently. Literally they mean sand sculpture and sand sculpture image. They are now internet slang for unrelated concepts seemingly. My understanding is that they are ...
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Is 老鸽 (lit. "old pigeon") slang?

I've seen some cases (in stories, on the internet) where people call each other '老鸽'. As the literal meaning 'old pigeon' doesn't make much sense, I think it's slang but I haven't been able to find ...
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Online, is there any equivalent to the Japanese web slang of ending a sentence with "w" or in English using "lol" just to indicate good-nature/humor?

I was wondering because while I am decent at speaking Chinese, I've just recently started sending messages online using it (16 years late lol). I've ended one sentence with "笑" but even that was ...
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What action does “打” in “打酱油” refer to?

Lately I found out that 打酱油means “buy soy sauce”, but it becomes “beat soy sauce” when translated literally. I know 打 can mean “beat”, so I’d like to know if this word can mean “buy” in day-to-day ...
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Could you give me some examples of work slangs? [closed]

I'd like to know some idioms that are used at work by workmates or bosses.
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"easily fooled" in Chinese(slang)

例如, 一个人无论如何也学不会1+1=2怎么计算的时候可以说: 那个人智商 (真是) 低的发指, 怎么教都教不会. 问题: 汉语中有类似的句子描述一个人很容易上当受骗吗? 句型: 这么简单的骗术你都信, 你 (真是) XXX. XXX中不能有人身攻击, 必须切实到被描述者的真实情况. 在上面句子中"那个人智商 (真是) 低的发指, 怎么教都教不会"前半句"客观"的描述了后半句的起因, ...
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Can someone please explain this term/slang “问个P”

Is it related to this phrase: 问个屁/問個屁
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What 蛋 is referring to in "完蛋了"

完蛋了 means: Done for; ruined; finished; goose is cooked. It is the Mandarin counterpart of a Cantonese term "玩完" (game over) I am curious about what 蛋 is referring to. Without any reference, I can ...
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Identify Mandarin word - "kiāng"

Have seen this word in video comments and cannot find a reference for it anywhere?? Some details: Always rendered in zhuyin (ㄎㄧㄤ) even in otherwise ideographic text Doesn't appear to be a native ...
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Is "JJ" slang for "penis" in Chinese?

Reading the comments to the news article 巴西女排变性球星将竞选国会议员 已瞄准东京奥运 about a Brazilian volleyballer who is transgender and wants to play in the Olympics, we have two comments: Both use this term "JJ&...
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What does j8傻逼 mean?

In the following picture: I understand the meaning of 傻逼 but what is the "j8" before it?
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What does B格 mean?

In the following answer over 知乎: 我在美国,异国恋,一直在坚持,克服孤独的最好办法只能是享受孤独吧。这可能是略有B格的一句话,可当我真正到了国外学习,发现没有太好的办法来克服孤独,是我境界不高,还是我乐趣恶俗,的确始终找不到好的办法。大家都很忙,就算有朋友也很难照顾彼此,百分之九十五的时候是一个人去完成一项事情,不准剽窃,不准作弊,严格的制度和偏执的诚信,...
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Is the phrase "that guy so inch" related to Putonghua?

I came across the phrase "that guy so inch" in this Twitter thread, which starts with: ... slang based on literal translations of words ("that guy so inch") or phrases I don't get how "that guy so ...
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What does “tm” mean?

I think it is an Internet slang, but found a few times on the web. Example: 自大,在超市贵的东西都是写着纯国产 以前在语言学校的时候写作文 主题都是你认为日本哪里好 为什么喜欢日本 我tm是被逼来的 硬是编出来说日本人很有礼貌 日本的公共设施做得好 日本老师看着还一本满足 那副嘴脸真的很恶心。 What does ...
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Why is 我草 (wǒ cǎo) vs. 我操 (wǒ cāo) funny?

This cropped up on my Facebook: It says: you vs the guy she tells you not to worry about... 我草 我操 wǒ cǎo wǒ cāo I get the impression that this is rude, but anyway... Question: Why is ...
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What is the meaning of 臭石头 (slang)?

I remember that my dad used this occasionally when he was arguing with my mom. Google translate just returns smelly rock, but I know it's gotta be some sort of slang, as whenever my dad said it, my ...
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In Sichuanese does 日本人 mean “fuck me”?

I found a very interesting entry on Pleco: 日本人 (Sichuanese expletive) fuck me (日 here means cào [肏]) I have never heard it but is this explanation correct? What is the etymology of this usage and ...
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What does 哈批 mean?

My Chinese friend said 哈批 but I don't understand what it means. When I googled, it showed 哈麻批 and it seems a dirty word. The whole sentence is something like the follows: This person is bullshit! He ...
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What does 金山 mean?

In the following sentence, which is from a comment on this article: 安倍金山你为什么没有死 It might be an Internet slang, but what does the 金山 mean? According to many dictionaries for Chinese-English (Pleco,...
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Meaning of 五 in A: 放肆!B: 你爹放五!

I'm reading a short story and I wondered what 五 means here but I guess it's 'slang'. A: 放肆! B retorted back: 你爹放五! (Sorry for not putting any research result, can't find any, I only know that 五 is ...
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Is 外地人 a derogatory word?

My Shanghainese friend frequently says 外地人 in slightly negative/hostile context. I understand the meaning of 外地人, which is people from different city/province. However, is it a derogatory term? Or is ...
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What does the phrase '我的妈来' mean when it is used to express shock or surprise?

I know the literal meaning, but could someone please tell me the meaning in english when it was used as an expression (for example, when someone see a huge mansion and he said: "我的妈来! What a huge ...
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Etymology of 'go dutch' [closed]

So I just learned about the etymology of 'AA' from The origins of "AA制" I wonder if anyone has a similar response for the phrase 'go dutch'. It is hard to believe this originated from ...
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我的个娘? Does this really just mean 'my mother!' and why?

I have been watching a TV program << 父母爱情 >> and a rather unsophisticated female character keeps repeating a phrase which I hear as '我的个娘' (I'm not sure if the '的' should be there or not?) It's ...
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Is "Big Nose" really used for Westerners?

Neutral Terms for "White People" got me thinking about someone (who knows less Chinese than I do) telling me that "Big Nose" is the Chinese term for westerners. Is that true, and if so, is ...
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How do we answer to offensive phrases like 你 妈 bi?

I am studying Chinese and I heard the phrase 'ni ma bi' from a native teenager. I am sure that it's an offensive phrase but I would appreciate your help. How we could answer to such a phrase in ...
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What does "你吃了吗?" mean?

I've been looking at some questions and I found in some of the answers that 你吃了吗 was identified as slang. I would have translated it as "have you eaten?", but I'm not sure since it's slang. I'm ...
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The meaning of 牛气 and 很牛

I have seen one of my language partners use 牛气 and 很牛, but he couldn't explain it to me. The context suggested it meant something like "bullshit" or "you are kidding me", a sign or disbelief, but the ...
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What does this phrase mean 给你操床头柜里去

Seems to be some kind of internet phrase?
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What is the meaning of 亲收获? [closed]

What is the meaning of 亲收获? Thank you in advance.
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