The internet is a marvelous, complex place. However, we tend to prefer shorter language online. Abbreviations, acronyms, and emojis are staples of digital dialogues. In Chinese, number slang is also popular.
Check out the Chinese number slang you should know for online interaction!
This sounds just like 溜溜溜liù liù liù, meaning “skilled, experienced, practiced”. In other words, you are very cool and super awesome.
555 sounds like tearful crying, represented by the characters 呜呜呜 wū wū wū. You may associate this with the crying-face emoji.
*sound of crying*
2 and 250
There are a couple stories behind this one, but the most reliable is that of the 吊 diào.
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In ancient China, a 吊 was a unit of currency made up of 1000 copper coins. 500 pieces of copper was called 半吊子bàn diàozi and indicated someone with a low IQ. (Occasionally one may good-naturedly refer to themselves as a 半吊子to show humble self-deprecation of one's abilities.)
However, a quarter of a 吊 (250 copper pieces) became an insult meaning “idiot”. It may also be shortened to simply “2”.
I love you
I will love you forever
More figuratively, 一生一世 means “a whole lifetime”. Aww.
Jack Ma's work week
9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. Who's in favor?
Want more Chinese slang? Check out this post on some popular online jargon.
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