Internet Slang

土嗨 [tǔ hāi]

土嗨 [tǔ hāi] adj. rustic+excited. This Internet slang term was originally used to describe an electronic dance music dilettante who mistakes DJ for electronic dance music. Now it is commonly used to describe Chinese electronic dance music that sound amateurish by international standards. The contempt for unsophisticated composers is quite obvious, judged from the use of the character 土 [tǔ] “uncouth, unsophisticated, rural.”


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Internet Slang

腦子瓦特 [nǎo zi wǎ tè]

腦子瓦特 [nǎo zi wǎ tè] <Expression> Brain+Watt. The brain is damaged. 瓦特 [wǎ tè] means “damaged” in the Shanghai dialect. This expression is used to lambaste someone. The meaning is similar to “[someone] is going nuts” or “[someone] is stupid.”

Internet Slang

殺馬特 [shā mǎ tè] and 洗剪吹 [xǐ jiǎn chuīand]

Celebrities like Han Geng (Left) and Jay Chou sport hairstyles typical of the scene people.

殺馬特 [shā mǎ tè] adj./n. Kill+horse+special. Smart. The scene people. This Internet slang term mimics the pronunciation of the English word “smart,” but it is used to tease the teenagers and young adults who prefer a fashion style that emphasizes androgyny and bright colors. These young people usually migrated from rural areas to urban areas. They lack higher education and take on low-income jobs in cities. Their fashion choices reflect their need for attention and sense of alienation in the process of urbanization.

洗剪吹 [xǐ jiǎn chuīand] n. Wash+cut+blow. This Internet slang term refers to the scene people’s hairstyle as well the scene people as a group.

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