喪 [sàng] adj./v. To vegetate due to deep frustration. This Internet slang became popular in 2016 following Internet memes like 葛優癱 [gě yōu tān] “the Ge You slouch”, 廢柴 [fèi chái] “trashy firewood, douchebags”, 生無所戀 [shēng wú suǒ liàn] “There is nothing in life to long for”, Pepe the Frog, etc. Analysts attribute the popularity of this Internet slang term to the post-90s‘ [people born between 1990 and 1999] pessimism about social mobility amidst a host of social problems such as air pollution, the skyrocketing housing prices, and workplace stress.
喪文化 [sàng wén huà] n. The subculture of vegetating. This Internet slang term refers to a collection of beliefs and behaviors that enable the working-class youth in China to express their pessimism about life and their future.
小確喪 [xiǎo què sàng] n. Little+definite+frustration. A sarcastic antonym of 小确幸 [xiǎo què xìng] “Little definite happiness,” this Internet slang term was originally the title of an Internet pop song. Now it is used to describe the working-class youth’s certainty about daily nuisances and the drudgery of work.
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