China and “the West” may be very different culturally, but some things are universal. It turns out no matter whether you’re American, Chinese or a fat cartoon cat with a penchant for lasagna, you all have at least one thing in common: you probably hate Mondays.
In fact, for every Westerner with a “case of the Mondays” it turns out there’s a Chinese worker who’s suffering from the equally serious 周一综合症 (Zhōuyī zōnghézhèng), or “The Monday Syndrome.”
This actually has a lot to do with the shouting font, because it’s funny and because some people really hate going to work. It’s almost a call to arms of sorts in the words of one Sina Weibo user breaking out the shouting font for some anti-Monday propaganda:
Note: hover your mouse over our translations in italics to see the original Chinese text!
“Who out there doesn’t want to get out of bed today!!!!!!!!! Who doesn’t want to go to school!!!!!!!! Who out there doesn’t want to do to work!!!!!!!!”
(If the phrasing there sounds a little odd, it’s because he wanted to work in the phrase 有木有, a classic indicator of the shouting font that’s essentially a rhetorical way of saying “are there people out there who…”)
Some people prefer depression to shouting:
“A gloomy Monday and a gloomy afternoon. The happiest thing in the world is nothing more than when other people are going to work and I can take the day off.”
But no matter how badly your Monday is going, remember it could always be worse. You could have been this guy:
“At work today I had to go with my boss to get a foot washing and massage….it was weird.”
What are your Monday stories?
What were China’s top words in January 2011? Can you guess?