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Slap Bash

The memes that punish those who break their word

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Spirits of the Age

Having a big personality on the internet may get you labeled a “spirit”

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2018: The Year in Words

Reform anniversary, trade war and some slang words covered by TWOC won the Chinese word-of-the-year contest

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TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Fishing for Fortune

Need some good luck? There is a meme for that

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Faint Praise

Personality, presence, and “oriental beauty”—the Chinese language has many “polite” insults about a person’s appearance

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Astro Babble

Whether you believe in it or not, astrology has a huge fan base in China

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Money Talks

Slang in poverty and richness

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Salty Peppa

Porcine BBC children’s icon falls foul of overzealous censors

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Hit’ Em Up

In the age of celebrity rumors, “solid hammer” is evidence that packs a punch

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Slang for Noobs

The chatter of the online gaming community has become part of popular Chinese culture

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