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Beijing’s Outbreak Spawns Even More Covid Slang

As Covid prevention policies roll on, so too do online slang and memes

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Memes and Slang From the Shanghai Lockdown

Group-buying chiefs, vegetable storing guides, the Covid calendar, and “hard currency” cola—learn the internet slang inspired by the Shanghai lockdown

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How Netizens Adapt Classic Literature to the Covid Age

Literary-minded social media posters are adapting famous works for the Covid-19 era

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Deciphering “Bullet” Comments Online

Learn the slang that peppers Bilibili’s “bullet curtain”

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The Online Slang of the Beijing Winter Olympics

Learn some of the Winter Olympics slang popular with Chineses netizens

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Getting the Right Online Atmosphere

Netizens are doing their best to “create an atmosphere” in their social media posts

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Internet Slang Terms that Defined 2021

TWOC’s picks for top phrases and memes that took over the Chinese internet this year

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Words to Sum Up 2021

Results of the annual Chinese Pandian competition reveal the hottest characters, words, and phrases of the year

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“Asking for a Friend” on the Chinese Internet

How Chinese netizens use their imaginary friends to hide their embarrassment

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Tough Love: Chinese to Deal With Your Parents’ Nagging

Phrases and vocabulary to survive your parents’ nagging during the vacation

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