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What does "你吃了吗?" mean?

What does 你吃了吗?mean? 「你吃了嗎?」 此句的原義是確認“吃的行為”。譬如: 「吃藥時間過了。你吃了嗎?」 「這個蛋糕很好吃。你吃了嗎?」 "Have you eaten?" The original meaning of this sentence is to confirm the action of eating. For example, "The time to ...
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Why say 少说两句 to break up a fight?

「兩」 here is basically a synonym of 「幾」 (several). 「少說兩句」 means 「少說幾句」, that is, the argument arose out of speaking too much (more likely to drag up disagreements and past grievances), so speaking less ...
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What does “tm” mean?

TM (also written TMD) is short for 他/她媽的, literally ('his/her mother's'), equivalent to English motherf*****g. See the Wiktionary entry for more details.
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What does "yellow face wife" (黄脸婆) mean?

I guess the term you mentioned, yellow wife, is referred to "黃臉婆" (yellow-face wife). "黃臉婆" describes a woman who has married for a long time. The (face) color indicates that she has aged with the ...
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What does 软文 and 小号 mean in internet slang?

On the Internet, 軟文 means an article intended as advertisement but disguised as ordinary posts. 小號 means the auxiliary accounts, referring to the usual practice of cyber forum participants maintaining ...
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What does j8傻逼 mean?

According to chinaSMACK, j8 is equivalent to 'penis' or any of its vulgar forms: (rude language hidden behind spoiler, hover over or click to show)
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What does 'duang' mean in 'online Chinese'?

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/duang-how-jackie-chan-helped-780040 Citation, with explanation of the word in bold: Think that your hair is looking particularly good today? In Chinese ...
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Macau Cantonese, any differences from HK?

A quick browse on Google Scholar yields a few results. Macau Cantonese appears to be intermediate between Zhongshan Cantonese and Hong Kong Cantonese. There is only one rising tone derived from ...
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The slang meaning of "Seven/七" in Cantonese

It is a foul character, usually pronounced as "cat6". The original character is "𡴶", which means "scrotum". On the contrary, in modern slang uses, it refers to the ...
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What action does “打” in “打酱油” refer to?

打 in 打酱油 doesn't intrinsically mean "buy". In the last century, soy sauce was not sold in bottles as today. It was produced by the merchant himself, so you need to go to the shop and ladle it into ...
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Other than ChinaSMACK, do any other glossaries of acronyms used in Chinese, like PK, ZF, GCD, TMD, JC, etc exist?

As someone involved in chinaSMACK, I wouldn't say the glossary is "outdated" since the terms on there were notable enough in our translations of trending Chinese internet content that we decided they ...
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English slang translation

The closest I can think of is: 霸氣外露 (bà qì wài lù) Or 霸气侧露 Bàqì cè lù It is a proverb but nowadays commonly used as a slang
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What does 饭圈类 ("rice-ring kind") indicate in 生产这些饭圈类产品?

Searching for 饭圈类 in Baidu, I stumbled upon a Baidu Zhidao artcle, which gives an explanation. The second answer is simpler: 饭圈类似粉丝会,大家有共同喜欢的东西,组成了一个圈子。 [My translation:] 饭圈 is similar to "fan ...
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What is the origin of the slang term 6?

It's homophonic of 溜, which means proficient, smooth (in doing something) in Nothern dialects. Note it doesn't imply a top degree of mastery. It's more like nice instead of pwned. The use of number 6 ...
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What does 金山 mean?

Native speaker here. It could be a typo made unconsciously, or made deliberately to show disrespect to 安倍晋三. Anyway, it's just a typo, with nothing to do with the meaning you found about the word 金山. ...
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In Sichuanese does 日本人 mean “fuck me”?

I am a native Sichuanese and have been living in Sichuan for decades. I personally have never heard of anyone using this phrase and don't think I ever will. Instead of a everyday phrase, this is more ...
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What does j8傻逼 mean?

J8 == ji 8 == ji ba == 鸡巴(penis). In this case, the usage of j 8 is like 他妈,but the severity of the rudeness/vulgarity has been largely enhanced. 跟他妈傻逼一样 denotes the same meaning, but less vulgar. ...
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What 蛋 is referring to in "完蛋了"

The following text was copied from 重編國語辭典修訂本 website (http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=dcbdic&searchid=W00000002040), licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3....
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Explain the concepts 沙雕 and 沙雕图

In addition to meanings explained by other answers, 傻屌 are much more offensive and vulgar than沙雕. 沙雕 is generally used humourously to describe weird or stupid but funny behaviours or lame jokes, as ...
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Are there loanwords from Portuguese used in Macau Cantonese?

Mostly food? The below examples are from Words.hk: 马介休 loanword from "bacalhau" in Portuguese; Portuguese-style salted fish 馬介休撻 maa5 gaai3 jau1 taat1 bacalhau tart 亞東 「亞東」喺澳門叫法, ...
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What is the meaning of 会 in 你们太会了 and the sentence's connotation?

会 denotes the sense of good at; skillful;etc.. In Chinese grammar, 会 is a verb here. the celebrity is saying: 你们太会玩了 or 你们太会搞了. In English, it could be something like you guys are good at making ...
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Origin of the slang "機車"

It's a Taiwanese slang. 機車:在台灣有時會用來形容人難以相處,作為一種罵人用語。由來為台灣閩南人中,部分人士對於令人不滿 的人會以粗俗詞語「欠姦」(閩南話)來形容,甚至以「膣屄」(閩南話,發音類似「機掰」)取代「欠姦」, 但由於感到不雅或故意作為玩笑,起於民國80年代的學生族群,有一些人「機……」第一個音發出後,第二個 音改接「車」...
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When did the usage of "N" to indicate some unspecified quantity come up?

As you suspected, it is thought to come from the mathematical usage: 为什么“N”可以代表“很多”的意思?例如N多次,N多个 Why can "N" have the meaning "a lot"? For instance, N-times, N-of-them ...
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Why is 坑爹 such a popular word, and what exactly does it mean?

坑-爹,literally, means 'to trap your father'. As a slang, it means 'to deceive someone'. Thus, if you speak, "这个手机很坑爹 'this phone very 坑爹'", that means 'this phone is of low quality'. It is very ...
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The meaning of 牛气 and 很牛

Most likely, 牛氣 and 很牛 came from a slang '牛逼' (cow's genital) Cow's genitals are huge compare to human's. Calling something 牛逼 means it is unbelievably impressive or out of worldly awesome. 牛氣 (...
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Etymology of 'go dutch'

《懶蟲簡明英漢詞典》 go Dutch verb 各人付自己的帳 Usually, we simply say 各付各的 or 各出各的 in both TC and SC. Others: 各付各的帳 各付一半帳 各付一半賬 各付帳 各人付自己的帳 各人自付錢 各人自己付錢 各自付錢 各自付帳 ...
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What is the meaning behind 川皇, which is some kind of slang for "Donald Trump"?

Chinese people use *皇 to describe the dominant person in some areas, 詹皇(LeBron James), but this kind of name can either be adoring or irony, each individual would interpret it subjectively. So you ...
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