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Chinese netizens are known for coming up with quirky and creative terms for people and things making the news… and they spread like wildfire.
From “skinny blue mushrooms” to “melon-eating masses”, let’s take a look at what has captured their imaginations in 2016.
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When asked how she won her race at this yearâs Olympics in Rio, Fu Yuanhui responded that she used all of her inner strength and âprimeval power.â The term, together with her adorable facial expressions, made for instant memery.
I have used up my primordial power, so my teacher will forgive me.
I have used my primeval power, but this mountain is just too steep.
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As with any good meme, this has evolved into chicken eaters and pancake eaters, referring people who lurk, but donât really pay attention.
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Earlier this year, Wang Jianlin, Chinaâs richest person, said in an interview, âYou shouldnât be that ambitious. Set a small target first, like earning 100 million RMB.â This was his advice to young people who want to be wealthy. And, like any public figure making an embarrassing gaffe, the quote quickly became meme fodder with one-liners.
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First set a small target for losing weight, such as losing 70 pounds in three days.
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I will set a small target for myself, like finding a boyfriend like Daniel Wu before the Spring Festival.
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De-friending: a much-discussed phenomenon in the heady early days of Facebook. That same phenomenon has made its way to China. You look up a casual acquaintance or high school sweetheart only to find youâre not friends anymore! To send them a message, you even have to resend a friend request!
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The phrase mocks how easy it is for a cyber friendship to fall out. Any tiny trigger can lead to a broken friendship, from taking a bad selfie of your friend to losing weight when they cannot.
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If your girlfriend says, âWhen I was taking my medicine this morning, I heard some newsâ¦â Do not, under any circumstances, answer, âWhat news?â If you do, you, my friend, have just fallen into a trap. The next thing youâre likely to hear is, âWhy didnât you ask me why I was taking medicine? You donât care about me!â
A slightly longer version of this relationship trap went viral online, and many victims of this scheme reached for a new, emerging phrase: Less strategy, more sincerity!
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-The lead actor and actress of the movie began a relationship? Just exactly when it comes out?
-A classic scheme. I guess if they cooperate in another movie, their break-up will make even more headlines.
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This all originate to a young man from Nanning who uploaded a video clip online to express his sad feelings on a bad date he had earlier that day. He repeatedly murmured how bad he feels at the moment and wants to cry in local dialect. And he continued to ask why it.
But to the opposite, you just can’t stop laughing after watching it because it does sound like he’s kept saying “skinny blue mushroom”.
US President-elect Donald Trump is known as “chuanpu” by mainstream media outlets.
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But the weirdest riff of all happened when some speculated that he was actually from the southwest province best known for its pandas and spicy food.
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The conspiracy theory, spread on social networks Weibo and WeChat, is that Trump was born in 1946 in Sichuan when his father set up a business in China.
It’s nonsense of course, but that hasn’t stopped some locals from claiming him as “the pride of Sichuan” – despite his recent verbal attacks against China.
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