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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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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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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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Is 師奶 (see lai) strictly a Cantonese word? Is it a neutral word or does it have a negative connotation?

I had heard a husband refer to his wife in Cantonese as 師奶 (pronounced "see lai"). The way he said it sounded like an insult but I was told it's not a bad word. How would 師奶 be described in English? ...
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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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What does 软文 and 小号 mean in internet slang?

Just like the title said, what does 软文 and 小号 mean in intenet slang?
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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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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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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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Other than ChinaSMACK, do any other glossaries of acronyms used in Chinese, like PK, ZF, GCD, TMD, JC, etc exist?

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, ...
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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 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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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 ...
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What is the origin of the slang term 6?

I'm speaking about for example: 他很6 To mean: He's very pro/skilled. I've seen this a lot, but I don't quite see what the origin of this comes from.
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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! ...
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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 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 this sentence

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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Do the Chinese have text speak?

Please answer in simplified Chinese characters I recently met a Chinese person who was right in there with the acronyms, abbreviations and text-slang. Words like: u brb gtg imo So as you can see, ...
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Macau Cantonese, any differences from HK?

Does anyone know how Cantonese from Macau differ from HK if there are any? Any slangs or terms used in Macanese Cantonese that is rarely used or heard in HK? Maybe some sinicised portuguese words? ...
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What's a good word for “creepy” in Chinese?

I realize that the English word "creepy" is a slang with many different meanings. I'm referring to the way someone might describe unwanted sexual advances. For example, That guy over there staring at ...
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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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Why is 坑爹 such a popular word, and what exactly does it mean?

Yes, it has to do with swindling; cheating. But why? What is the imagery or story behind this word, 坑爹?
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How to say “newbie” or “noob” in Chinese?

What would be the most accurate term for newbie or noob, namely one that also conveys a dash of sarcasm and a bit of a condescending tone? I guess it should also be slang. 新来的 or 新手 are pretty ...
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Cantonese slang - What does 'Primary Chicken' and 'Secondary Chicken' mean?

A friend sent me a screenshot of her message history in Cantonese, and she was describing a couple and saying how they're like 'primary chicken' or 'secondary chicken', I think in a negative light. ...
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What does “杀牛”mean in this context?

In the story I'm reading for class, a man meets a woman online and she asks him what sign he's born under (属什么). He says 牛, and she says "我是杀牛的." He recounts, "就这么两句话一下子就把我打动了." So they arrange to ...
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English slang translation

Is there a Chinese equivalent of the colloquial English term, "like a boss?" Not an literal translation but an equivalent thereof.
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Why does the word 萌 mean “cute”?

A friend of mine said in a photo of me, my eyes looked very 萌(meng2). 你的眼睛很萌 My dictionary defines 萌 as; 萌 méng (动) sprout; bud; germinate But apparently in this context it means "...
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The slang meaning of “Seven/七” in Cantonese

I have heard a few Hongkongers saying seven in a similar, likely identical, context. I assume they are addressing a person because when they say it, they make the L hand gesture. I could be wrong, but ...
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How would I translate the two morphemes 基腐 together?

I am trying to translate this in the context of 基腐头条, I understand the meaning - the 基 is referring to gay (men) and 腐 is a shortened version of 腐女, 'rotten girls' or 'females interested in gay ...
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When did the usage of “N” to indicate some unspecified quantity come up?

I have heard a number of Cantonese speakers use N (pronounced like the English letter) to designate some sort of unspecified quantity, for instance: 我 N 年前去过。(Approximately "I went there some years ...
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How would you describe the meaning of 弯 wan1?

Specifically regarding its use to mean someone who is 'bent'? Someone who likes someone of the same-sex or is at least suspected of it? Does it include bisexuality? Is it polite or rude, subtle or ...
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Origin of the slang “機車”

I know that "機車" is motorcycle and it is also used as a slang word, but I was unsure of its meaning. Thus, i checked this page, and I was confused by its ambiguity when translated to English, as ...
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What does it mean by “失敗就懷孕”?

I'm reading a web novel, and it states: “大約是失敗就懷孕之類的任務吧……” What does "懷孕" mean or represent in this context?
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Is There A Chinese Version of Urban Slang Dictionary?

Many questions on this site concern various modern slang/dialect usages that require fairly extensive (and sometimes still unsuccessful) searches through the web. Every time I think about these ...
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What does 'duang' mean in 'online Chinese'?

I see this word popping up on Weibo and Taobao. It's not written with any character, but spelled out in Pinyin. What does it mean? EDIT: For the annals:
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Is this funny way of saying things some dialect?

本身明明长患上丑还说[...]那鸣一个惨呀! 长患 should be 长相 and 鸣 should be 叫, but they appear too many times that the possibility of them being typos is close to nil. [...]以是在贬低他人的时辰就出格不留人情,以是咱们见到这类人时可以绝不夷由地上往打。 ...
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Do the Chinese have a (potentially politically incorrect) way of imitating English speakers?

I do not mean to cause offence with this question; I ask only to potentially become better acquainted with Chinese vernacular, and, I must admit, a little out of curiosity. A politically incorrect ...
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How did 黃 (yellow) come to mean “pornographic”?

In my dictionary it defines 黃 (Huáng) - yellow - pornographic - to fall through - surname Huang or Hwang Imperial China and the robes of the emperor are commonly associated with the colour yellow. ...
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Explanation for the meaning of 八竿子打不着?

The modern colloquial phrase "八竿子打不着" is used as an adjective to describe "very distant, unrelated". Example: 这是八竿子打不着的事情,怎么能联系上呢? It literally means "couldn't hit with even eight poles". I can ...
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How to say “I got disconnected” and “I'm lagging”?

I'm playing an online game on a Chinese server, and I sometimes get disconnected when the VPN gets congested. When this happens, I have to restart the game and re-enter the map, while the rest of my ...